Thank you Jesus…I’m sorry Jesus…I love you Jesus!!!

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As I participated in the Mass this morning at Saint Pius X in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho again this morning, it was as if Father Roger was again speaking directly to me.  The title for today’s post and video are motivated by the Holy Name of Jesus that we celebrate today.   This is the second day that I have had the pleasure of participating in the liturgy with this great community of Christians. Father Roger made it clear yesterday that we should hear God asking us, “Who are you?”. If we are like Saint Basil and Saint Gregory that we celebrated yesterday, our hope should be that we would be called “Christians”. There is no greater gift than to be allowed to follow in the footsteps of Christ, as a Christian.
For me, I heard the call to be known by the name that I received from divine inspiration. The name is still John and I am still hearing the call to bring attention to the Mother of God, Mary, who is the Mother of John, by order of Jesus on the Cross, and Our Mother by adoption based on our Baptism as brother and sisters of the Lord. We celebrated the Eighth Day of the Nativity on Wednesday, where we also celebrated the fact that Mary is the Mother of God. I love the Greek word for Mother of God, Theotokos.  I believe that this should become a great celebration in the church, much the same way that Divine Mercy Sunday is becoming. For different reasons, of course, and mostly because we need “Our Mother” to lead us to Jesus, otherwise why would God have chosen to come into this world through her.
We are reminded of the fact that the other John, John the Baptist, in the gospel reading for today’s Mass, that the focus of devotion to Mary should be to bring us to a better understanding of who Jesus is. As John the Baptist calls Jesus, the Lamb of God, we are reminded just over a week after celebrating the birth of Our Saviour, that His name means that “He Saves!”. He came to share in our humanity, so that we could share in his divinity, through his saving grace that saves us all.
As Father Roger said this morning, even if you struggle with the actual date that we celebrate the birth of Our Lord, you cannot escape the reality that He was born into this world to change our reality into something that is radically different from those people who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Not for the purpose of changing just us, but for the purpose of changing the whole world. So, in order to continue the work that was begun by John the Baptist about 2000 years ago, I will say that you should find your way to a Catholic Church and seek out the Lamb of God, Jesus, who is waiting to forgive your sins.
If that is not possible for you right now, ask Jesus into your heart and get out your Bible and see what He says the next step is for you. For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world…Amen!

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