God's holy title generally is a supply of worry – and luxury

God's holy title generally is a supply of worry – and luxury

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Here is a wonderful prayer to sing! It is strong and wasteful and carefully balanced and typically Roman.

This week's Collect, 1962 Missale Romanum for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (last week), was for the Sunday after Ascension Thursday in the old Gelasian sacramentary. It is also prayed for after the litany of the holiest name of Jesus.

Sancti nominis tui, Domine, Timorem Pariter and Amorem Fac Nos Habere Perpetuum, Quia Numquam Tua Gubernatione Destituis, Quos in Soliditate Tuae Dilectionis Instituis.

The verb destituo is basically "lay down" and literally means "remove yourself" and therefore "leave alone, leave, leave, leave". This is in contrast to instituo, "set or place, plant, repair, set" and a number of other things, including "make, manufacture", "take over, undertake", "order, govern, manage", regulate.

Note the balancing of ideas: timor / amor (fear / love) and instituo / destituo (establish / give up). Instituo I hear a "deposition" in the sense of how God made us and in this way he takes us on himself. He has our care and guidance. God puts us next to him, under his watchful eye, so that we don't do anything wrong. In destituo I hear a “withdrawal” in the sense of turning away from oneself, a task of interest.

Gubernatio means "steer, steer a ship" or "direction, management". Here we get the word "government". A governor is the pilot of a ship. In Gubernatio, God is our pilot, our helmsman, who keeps his hand at the wheel of our lives. We are solid because his loving hand is firm. If he left us, our ship would collapse and we would be “destitute”. In the midst of the vicissitudes of this world, we depend in fear and love on his holy name. We are in the right place before God's fearful three-and-one view and under his guiding hand of love only through love and fear of his name, which indicates his divinity.

Current ICEL:

Grant, O Lord, that we always worship and love your holy name, for you will never deprive your guidance of those whom you have established on the basis of your love.

Literal translation:

Let us, O Lord, have constant fear and love for your holy name to the same extent, because you never give up with your control those you establish in the firmness of your love.

A name refers in biblical and liturgical terms to the essence of the named. The divine name made Moses carefully take off his shoes. Moses learned the name of God to tell the captive Jews that whoever is himself – "I AM" – would free them (see Exodus 2). Once penniless, they were used as his people. The terrible name of God was so sacred to the Jews that they did not pronounce the four Hebrew letters that were used in the scriptures and replaced "Adonai", "Lord", instead.

What does Our Lord say about his own name? In John 16:23, Jesus – Hebrew / Aramaic Yeshua from Jehoshua, “Yahweh saves” – reveals his unity with the father and the power of his name and says: “Truly, I tell you if you ask something about the father, he will give you in my name "

In Mark 9: 38-39 there is an exchange between the beloved disciple and the Lord about people who cast out demons in the name of Jesus. Jesus said, "No one who does a mighty work in my name will be able to speak evil of me soon after." The name "Jesus" can change hearts.

John 20:31 says, "These (signs) are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and believe that you have life in his name." His name – his person – is our way to eternal life.

The name of God, God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, God the Holy Spirit deserves our fear and our love. The flexibility of Latin lets us see how both constant awe and love for God have to envelop us: timorem… et amorem… nos… perpetuum. Many today only want to emphasize the love for the name of Jesus, without the holy fear that is due to him. We cannot rule out awe and fear of what God's name implies. In the script, forms of words for "fear" appear hundreds of times. Scripture is filled with a loving fear of God, indeed a fear that leads to love and wisdom.

God's holy name is holy. Paul wrote:

That is why God exalted him and gave him the name that stands above every name, so that every knee bows at the name of Jesus, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord. for the glory of God the Father ”(Philippians 2: 9-11).

The name of Jesus is one thing to end our ordinary activity, to rest for a moment and to humble the whole person towards him. Through humble external physical gestures of word and deed, we internalize the transforming power that is included in the name.

In this sense, if the entire cosmos were to bend the knee at the name of God, how do we little mortals in the presence of God in the Eucharist have to bend our knees, for he is before us, body, blood, soul and divinity in every consecrated host?

Who do we call with the Holy Name? Our cozy, non-judgmental buddy? Think about it from Revelation:

"Then I saw the sky open up and, behold, a white horse! Those who sat on it are faithful and true, and they judge and wage war in righteousness. His eyes are like a flame of fire and there are many diadems on his head; and he has a registered name that nobody but himself knows. He is dressed in a blood-soaked robe, and the name by which he is called is the Word of God. "(Rev. 19:11)

Our inner disposition shows how we use or react to the Holy Name. Do we use it with awesome love? Do we speak it with respect? Is his name uttered by another during the day or by ourselves in the niches of the night a source of fear because we are destitute in our sins and afraid of the judge? Do we not fill our lives with His name, but with noise and noise so that we never have to hear a deep “GOD” with everything that goes with it? "God fearing" men and women need not be afraid of the Lord. For them, his terrible name is comfort.

Today's prayer for the Holy Mass shows a way out of terror for God and in deep consolation in his loving care for us. Through fearful fear of his name and who he is and what he has done, we move to love that knows no fear (cf. 1 John 4: 16-18).

And when we know the Lord's Holy Name, the Lord also knows our names. He knows us better than we know ourselves. In Ps 91 we hear that God will be our protection, our fortress. It will free us from the "deadly plague" and we need not fear "the horror of the night or the arrow that flies by day". His angels will fight for us and carry us. God speaks in the Psalmist:

Because he's in love with me, I'll save him;
I will protect him because he knows my name. (Verse 14)

Finally, a personal note. During this period of the Covid 1984 challenges, I had many opportunities to think about the Holy Name. I am convinced that the virus is just the material side of the coin, the front of which escalates demonic activity.

When the Lord heals in the Gospels, he often casts out demons. His disciples did the same in his name (e.g. Matthew 10: 1). Even unbelievers used the Holy Name of Jesus against demons (e.g. Luke 9:49). I prayed that God would grant us a miracle: the sudden, complete, and permanent removal of all the damage caused by the virus and his intervention against the increasing demonic influence in our church and in the world.

For this purpose, the bishop with whom I am also publicly granted me the so-called "Long St. Michael Prayer" in the traditional Roman Ritual, Title XI, Chapter 3, "Exorcism against Satan and the Fallen Angels" to recite.

In this powerful prayer, which is always to be recited in Latin, we first call on Archangel Michael to protect us during exorcism. Then the exorcism begins "In nomine Iesu Christi Dei and Domini nostri … In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and God". During exorcism, his name is called while the sign of the cross is placed over the place or things to be cleaned. The priest commands the enemy:

Be humble under the mighty hand of God. Shiver and flee as we invoke the holy and great (sancto et terribili) name of Jesus before hell shakes, to which virtues, powers and sovereigns are subject, whom the cherubim and seraphim praise with tireless voices: saint, saint, saint Lord God of hosts.

I add this personal note as a nudge to my brother priests and to every bishop patient who has read so far. Demons can bind themselves to places where certain sins are committed. Their evil influence can have a long-lasting effect. Brothers, ask your bishops permission to use Chapter 3. Bishops, just use it! Say this exorcism about all the places entrusted to your care, whether churches or their halls, schools and their grounds. Your rectories! Your law firms! We are priests, not civil authorities or elected officials. Let's act like priests. Agere sequitur esse. Each of us is old Christ, another Christ who acts in the person of Christ in the person of Christ. Use the authority and incredible power that Christ the High Priest has given you. Call his holiest name against the powers of hell and their material manifestations.

Image: Moses and the burning bush in the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna (Flickr / Marieke Kuijier)

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