Saving Name of Jesus – Jan 03 – Homily – Fr John Lawrence

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Fr John Lawrence gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on Jan 03, 2024, on how the name of Jesus is the only name through which we will be saved and healed from the sickness of sin.

Father's homily focuses on the significance of the name "Jesus," linked to salvation and the fulfillment of God's promise. He emphasizes that the name "Jesus" means "the Lord is salvation," echoing the angel's words to Joseph: "You shall call him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21 - This notion is reinforced by various biblical figures named Joshua, a variant of Jesus, who symbolized hope for salvation from God alone. Father also references Simeon's recognition of Jesus as salvation (Luke 2:30 -, and St. Peter's assertion about the exclusivity of salvation through Jesus (Acts 4:12 - He concludes by urging respect for Jesus's name and incorporating it into daily prayer, drawing inspiration from saints like St. Bernardine of Siena.

00:00 - Introduction: Gospel and the Significance of Jesus' Name
00:19 - Fulfillment of the Angel's Prophecy and Naming Jesus
00:58 - Historical and Biblical Context of the Name Jesus
01:54 - Jesus as the Embodiment of Salvation
02:48 - The Old Testament Joshua and Jesus' Role
04:06 - Miraculous Powers and Healing in Jesus' Name
05:51 - Saints' Devotion and the Power of Jesus' Name
07:51 - Liturgical Celebrations and Personal Devotions to Jesus' Name

Ave Maria!

Mass: Holy Name of Jesus - Mem -
Readings:  -
1st: phi 2:5-11
Resp: psa 113:1-8
Gsp: mat 1:18-23

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