January 3, 2020

Optional Memorial of The Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ

For many of our parishes, we have Holy Name Societies, and this is a solemnity for this religious organization in the Roman Catholic Church.

Saint Bernadine of Siena promoted devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. To do so, he used the Greek abbreviation of Jesus’ name, IHS, as a monogram to alert people and have them place this inscription on art, letters, and even more so, on their heart so that others would see Christ’s name in us and always on our lips.

As we celebrate this Christmas weekday, and think of the special memorial, we are reminded of Saint John’s passage: the chosen one of God. And, because God chose Christ, God It was mentioned to me by a friend that she was tired of being called a “child of God,” and felt the term a put down. “I’m at least an adolescent of God, but hopefully an adult of God, wanting to live out my faith in a mature way, and not like children who tend to be selfish or self-centered.” An interesting point, one that deserves a bit of our attention? So, are we still “children” of God? How do we live our faith as of a child, adolescent or even an adult? Maturing? Do we live in our sandbox and not realize our higher call to promote Christ, to evangelize in Christ’s name for the salvation of all?

Hopefully, as eucharistic evangelizers, we live out a maturing faith well, as an active, positive, and affirming adult. With our New Year’s resolutions, may we truly be “adult children of God” and point to the Lamb of God as we live our eucharistic life. May we remember to hold the holy name and Lamb of God in our hearts as we show Christ to the world.

Let Us Pray:

Loving God, through your Son and in his holy name,
we are called to live our faith
and give testimony and witness to his truth.
May we lead lives
that evangelize the glorious ways of your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.