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January 3 – Holy Name of Jesus

Today’ Mass Readings

January 3 – Holy Name of Jesus.

John 1:29-34.

We only reveal intimate things about ourselves and who we are to people we trust.

In speaking about Jesus, John the Baptist says
that he did not know him.

Were they not cousins? Of course they were.

I know who my cousins are and I am sure you do too.

So what is John talking about?

”I did not know him.”

Growing up, the true identity of Jesus
was hidden from John as it was hidden from everyone else
except Mother Mary and St. Joseph.

It took a revelation, a grace for John
to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

We don’t walk up to strangers
and reveal everything about ourselves.

We only reveal intimate things about ourselves
and who we are to people we trust.

And so the time came when this revelation
was made known to John.

Jesus was no longer just John’s cousin
but the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world.

How about ourselves?

How much has Jesus revealed himself to us?

The more we trust him what concerns us, our weaknesses,
especially our sinful and dark side,
the more he will reveal to us who he truly is, our merciful Savior.

We know how fulfilling it is to use our gifts to benefit others.

Any way we give of ourselves is cause for great joy.

We also know how it feels
when someone rejects our generosity
or doesn’t ask for our help.

Jesus is no different.

The name Jesus means, “Yahweh is salvation.”

May we honor his Holy Name
and welcome his merciful presence
all the moments of our lives.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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