The NAME is the icon of the person. It demands respect as a sign of the dignity of the one who bears it. CCC 2158
You shall not take the NAME of the Lord your God in vain. Second Commandment
"The NAME of Jesus is the glory of preachers, because the shining splendor of that name causes His word to be proclaimed and heard. And how do you think such an immense, sudden and dazzling light of faith came into the world, if not because Jesus was preached? Was it not through the brilliance and sweet savor of this NAME that God called us into his marvelous light? ...
So this NAME must be proclaimed, that it may shine out and never be suppressed. St. Bernardine of Siena
Tonight, we celebrate the first time HIS NAME is proclaimed.
How was His NAME first proclaimed:
- by Mary and Joseph, in a cave
May we always:
Treasure His Name in our hearts
Proclaim His Name on our lips
Preach His Name through our lives