Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:7
Jesus taught us in “The Lord’s prayer” to hold in the highest esteem, the name of the Lord. From such injunction, the name of the Lord is not to be used in any other sense, in any other manner or in any form of expression that both literally and otherwise does not adore the name of the Lord. Comments that do not recognize and appreciate the place and personality of God cannot be tolerated. The Holy Spirit cautions us against certain phrases, expressions that pop within us when we feel we have attained what no other person has so far achieved. Of particular reference is this comment that “even God cannot stop me” is not only unbelievable but absurd come to think of it. Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “The Lord says, wise men should not boast about their wisdom nor strong men of their strength, nor rich men of their wealth…” Do not be too confident about what you have acquired or achieved, to the extent that the place of God in your life is relegated to the background. A deep knowledge of the personality of God reveals that He is to be adored and revered always. No wonder the Catechism of the Catholic Church number 2143, teaches us this truth thus: “The name of the Lord is holy. For this reason man must not abuse it. He must keep it in mind in silent, loving adoration. He will not introduce it into his own speech except to bless, praise and glorify it.” The Catechism of St. Pius X draws our attention to this fact, “Not to utter the name of God irreverently means not to mention his Holy Name, in anger or in a joke or in any irreverent way whatsoever.” Beloved in Christ, when we are faced with challenges in life, we are tempted to make such comments as, “God is no longer alive”, “God no longer answers prayer” or “God has not been fair to me.” We often tend to dish out many “whys”. Concerning Herod’s attitude of irreverence to God, Acts 12: 21-23, made this clear, “On a chosen day Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to the people. It isn’t man speaking but a god!” they shouted. At once the angel of the Lord struck Herod down because he did not give honour to God. He was eaten by worms and died.” Again, I repeat, never make such comments like “even God cannot stop me”
MASS: RED 2 Cor. 9:6b-10; Ps. 112:1b-2.5-6. 7-8.9(R.5a); Accl. Jn. 8:12; Jn. 12:24-26 ST. LAWRENCE, DEAC, M. (FEAST)
1. Lord, thank You for teaching me about the greatness of Your name.
2. I ask for forgiveness and pardon in whatever way I have uttered Your name that did not bring You glory.
3. Pray meditatively with Psalms 145.
4. I join the Holy angels to sing praises to Your most Holy Name.
Exercise: Whenever you mention the name of the Lord, let it be to glorify His name.
Meditation: 1 Corinthians 4:7
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