Today is a Holy Day of Obligation, the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. I love the design behind this little gift from God. The first day of the new year, a day off for many because of the secular holiday, starts with Mass. We begin, not only the day, but our entire year by worshipping Our Lord in our highest form of prayer, the holy sacrifice of the Mass. What a way to enter into 2019!

In today’s Gospel, Luke tells us, “When eight days were completed for his circumcision,

he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

Spend a few moments meditating on the name of Jesus today. What does His name mean to you? Does it bring you hope? Does it bring you peace? Does it bring you joy? Do you believe in the power of the name of Jesus?

Here’s a resolution for 2019. Don’t let a day go by in without calling upon the name of Jesus. Just the name of Jesus is a prayer that when said from the heart with a firm conviction that He is Our Lord and Savior can transform your life. Speak the name of Jesus when faced with feelings of fear, shame, guilt, doubt, anger, condemnation, or despair and He will bring hope, peace, and joy where there is none.

The name of Jesus is a light in the darkness. Ponder these things in your heart, just as the Mother of God did.

Let’s close by praying the Divine Office, a prayer which helps us reflect on both the name of Jesus and Our Blessed Mother.

Blessed be God.

Blessed be His Holy Name.

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.

Blessed be the Name of Jesus.

Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.

Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.

Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.

Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.

Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.

Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.

Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.


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