What is the value of a name? Think about all the popular stories you hear. The name of the villain is always the most feared, as there is fear and power in a name. Think of perhaps the Harry Potter movies, the villain is Lord Voldemort. The main thought is that saying his name would curse you, most feared any who spoke the name, because of the power he had as a dark wizard. However, as the story goes on, the heroes fight against the dark wizard, and begin to speak his name not in fear, but in determination to overcome evil. The name of the hero, Harry Potter, becomes valued higher, as the one who was pure, sacrificial and hero above the dark lord. Do we find value in a name? Does fear bring more to your life than the name of Jesus?
Today's First Reading states:'Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father'(Philippians 2:5-11).
In today's Reading, we hear how Jesus is so good, glorified with the Father, and at his name every knee shall bow. Think about what Jesus' name means to you. Do you feel relief, grace, strength to overcome your trials. Sometimes we hold up the things we fear so much higher than what's really important, the faith and hope to be strong. Just as Harry teaches people that it's possible to move past the dark and value the light, we too can find hope in Jesus' name. If you are afraid, discouraged, speak His name, and remember God's love in your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'In Defence of the Cross' a prayer of Christ the King:
O Lord our God, You alone are the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations. We pray to You, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from You, O Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things. Protect, O Lord our King, our families and the land of our birth. Guard us we pray Most Faithful One. Protect us from our enemies and from Your Just Judgment Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against you. Jesus, You are a King of Mercy. We have deserved Your Just Judgment Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. We trust in Your Great Mercy. O most awe-inspiring King, we bow before You and pray; May Your Reign, Your Kingdom, be recognized on earth. Amen.