The name to call always PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 February 2018 13:45



THAT’S Jesus. He is the Savior God who continues to be at work in us (cfr. Phil 2,13). He is always there for us. All we have to do is call his name.

As St. Paul said, “God has highly exalted and bestowed the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2,9-11).

In the Collect of the Mass of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, we pray that God gives us the mercy we implore, “so that all may know there is no other name to be invoked but the name of your Only Begotten Son.”

We have to develop the habit of calling on the name of Jesus always, both in good times and in bad, because in the end, he is really what matters in any situation we may find ourselves in.

His ways may be different and even in conflict with what we want, but he always listens to us and resolves things in the best way for our own good. He will never fail us. But we just have to be game enough to go through his mysterious and inscrutable ways. Yes, there will be suffering but he has assured us: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16,33)

Let’s remember that with his death and resurrection, Christ already has conquered all evils and has resolved all our problems, especially our grave mistakes and sins that can compromise our eternal destiny. St. Paul expressed this truth of our faith when he said: “God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom 8,28)

The name Jesus means “God saves,” as can be gleaned from that episode where Joseph was told in a dream to take Mary as his wife who was found pregnant before they lived together.

“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Mt 1,20-21)

Jesus, being God who became man for our sake, is always with us, is always attentive to our needs, is always shaping us and redeeming us so we can be patterned after him. We are meant to be “alter Christus” because Christ is the perfect image that God has of himself and we are supposed to be created in God’s image and likeness as well.

Even if Jesus is always with us, it is good that we always call his name so that we can be always aware of our need for him. The problem we have is that we tend to ignore and forget him, which is just a step before we go against him. Without him, we find no meaning in the difficulties, trials, failures and sins that we can commit.

Let us develop the habit of calling his name to the point that Jesus’ name is somehow mentioned with our every breath. That may sound quixotic and fantastic, but if we have faith, it certainly can

be achieved. In fact, that is the ideal state to be in our life.

Jesus has made everything available for us to be what we ought to be: “alter Christus,” another Christ!