4 May 2018: The Name of Jesus


Friday of Fifth Week of Easter

Reading 1: Acts 15: 22-31; Gospel: Jn. 15: 12-17

“Whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” is the promise Jesus is offering us. It is the name of the Lord that becomes a way, a source and a means for our salvation. That is why, every prayer we use in the liturgical celebrations ends with the phrase, “We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.” Yes believers, the name of Jesus is powerful and promising.

A few scriptural references will enlighten us further: Peter and John healed a lame beggar just by pronouncing the name of Jesus: “Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk’” (Acts 3:6). In fact, the lame man walked after forty years, for the first time in his life.

In the great Christological hymn, St. Paul states “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Phil 2:10). There is nothing above the name of Jesus in the entire creation.

The name of Jesus is the only source of our salvation: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12) because we are washed, cleansed, sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus. (1 Cor 6:11)

Knowledge of this power in the name of Jesus should help us to call on Him at every moment and at every occasion. By doing so we will be saved (Rom 10:13). Let us therefore, begin to call on the name of Jesus, the most powerful and the promising name, to experience salvation here on earth.

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