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1 Jn 2: 29 – 3: 6

Ps 98: 1. 3cd-4. 5-6

Gospel JN 1:29-34


John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said, 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.' I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel."
John testified further, saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him.
I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."

 

Most Holy Name of Jesus,

Feast of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara

 

 

Today is the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.  In every Mass, we hear the priest say the words of John the Baptist that are quoted in today's Gospel passage: "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’. Jesus is the Lamb of God sacrificed for the redemption of the people of God.

 

 

In his beautiful hymn of praise to the Lord St. Paul proclaims that because Jesus did his Father’s will and was obedient unto death, even death on a cross – “God highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name above every other name, so that at Jesus’ name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9-11). Accepting Jesus as God and as our saviour is the core of our faith and our identity as Christians.

 

 

As we celebrate this feast, we bow down in adoration before our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  At the same time, we are moved to the depths of our being at the dignity bestowed on us – for, by reason of our Baptism we are now Jesus’ own brothers and sisters.  As Paul writes, “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens!  God chose us in him before the world began, to be holy and blameless in his sight, to be full of love.  He likewise predestined us through Christ Jesus to be his adopted children”. (Eph 1: 3-5) According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the one name that contains everything is the one that the Son of God received in his incarnation: JESUS. The invocation of the holy name of Jesus is the simplest way of praying always. Jesus prayer is a way of being in the presence of the divine all the time.

 

 

Today the Indian church also celebrates the feast of St Kuriakose  Elias Chavara.  In the 19th century it was Blessed Chavara whom God sent to respond to the religious, social and cultural problems that affected the Church in Kerala and the society of that time and to give a new vitality to the people by bringing God to the everyday life of the people.  He is the founder of the first indigenous religious congregations for men and women in India. Chavara was a man of God who experienced the divine presence through his life of purity of heart. In his writings we often see him calling God as ‘my Father’ in a most personal way.  Just like John the Baptist Blessed Chavara was able to show the true path of Jesus when the church was in a state of confusion and division.

 

 

Fr. Justin Akkara CMI


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