The matchless and mighty name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ works countless wonders whenever it is invoked with living faith; deep devotion; genuine reverence; and, above all, deepest love. The Great Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ means “God our Savior.”
First Point: The Holy Name of Jesus obtains a treasury of graces for us.
St. Paul urges us to sanctify daily duty by offering up everything we do in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ: “All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Col. 3:17).
There can be nothing easier and also hardly anything better than to lovingly and devoutly repeat the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, God who became our Savior, many times every day.
Fr. Paul O’Sullivan writes beautifully:
This Divine Name is in truth a mine of riches; it is the fount of the highest holiness and the secret of the greatest happiness that a man can hope to enjoy on this earth. Read and see. It is so powerful, so certain, that it never fails to produce in our souls the most wonderful results. It consoles the saddest heart and makes the weakest sinner strong. It obtains for us all kinds of favors and graces, spiritual and temporal.
Two things we must do. First of all, we must understand clearly the meaning and value of the Name of Jesus.
Secondly, we must get into the habit of saying it devoutly, frequently, hundreds and hundreds of times every day. Far from being a burden, it will be an immense joy and consolation.
Second Point: The Name of Jesus is sweet, gentle and attractive. Devotion to it is a mark of predestination.
The great Saints of God teach us that the Name of Jesus contains within itself one of the shortest and sweetest ways to acquiring and retaining the grace of a sure and sound sanctity.
But what does the name of Jesus, the proper name of incarnate Wisdom signify to us if not ardent charity, Infinite Love and engaging gentleness? The distinctive characteristic of Jesus, the Savior of the world, is to love and save men. ‘No song is sweeter, no voice is more pleasing, no thought is more appealing, than Jesus Son of God.’ How sweet the name of Jesus sounds to the ear and the heart of a chosen soul! Sweet as honey to the lips, a delightful melody to the ears, thrilling joy to the heart.
Third Point: The Holy Name of Jesus is indulgenced and gains countless blessings for the Holy Souls.
Fr. Paul writes:
St. Paul tells us that Jesus merited the Name Jesus by His Passion and Death. Each time we say, “Jesus,” let us clearly wish to offer God all the Masses being said all over the world for all our intentions. We thus share in these thousands of Masses.
Each time we say, “Jesus,” we gain 300 days indulgence, which we may apply to the souls in Purgatory, thus relieving and liberating very many of these holy souls from their awful pains. They thus become our best friends and pray for us with incredible fervor.
Another easy and efficacious way is by the constant repetition of short indulgenced prayers [applying the indulgence to the Souls in Purgatory]. Many people have the custom of saying 500 or 1,000 times each day the little ejaculation, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee!” or the one word, “Jesus. ” These are most consoling devotions; they bring oceans of grace to those who practice them and give immense relief to the Holy Souls.
Those who say the ejaculations 1,000 times a day gain 300,000 days Indulgence! What a multitude of souls they can thus relieve! What will it not be at the end of a month, a year, 50 years? And if they do not say the ejaculations, what an immense number of graces and favors they shall have lost! It is quite possible — and even easy — to say these ejaculations 1, 000 times a day. But if one does not say them 1,000 times, let him say them 500 or 200 times.
As we bow our heads and hearts at the Holy Name that delights Heaven and causes Hell to tremble, we must not forget to offer to God throughout the day all the merits that Jesus Christ Our Lord won for us by His incarnation, birth, life, death, and resurrection, offered for us all the time, in all the Holy Masses throughout the world.
A final word from the excellent work of saintly Fr. Paul Sullivan, “How to Share in 500,000 [now, sadly, less than in Fr. Paul’s time] Masses”:
The third intention we ought to have when saying “Jesus” is to offer all the Masses that are being said all over the world for the glory of God, for our own needs, and for the world at large. About 500,000 Masses are celebrated daily. And we can and should share in all of these.
The Mass brings Jesus to our altars. At every Mass He is once again present here on earth, as really as when He became man in His Mother’s womb. He also sacrifices Himself on the Altar as really and truly as He did on Calvary, though in a mystical, unbloody manner. The Mass is said, not only for all those who assist at church, but for all those who wish to hear it and offer it with the priest.
All we have to do is to say reverently, “Jesus, Jesus,” with the intention of offering these Masses and participating in them. By doing this we have a share in all of them.
It is a wonderful grace to assist at and to offer one Mass; what will it not be to offer and share in 500,000 Masses every day! Therefore, every time we say “Jesus,” let it be our intention:
- To offer to God all the infinite love and merits of the Incarnation.
- To offer to God the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.
- To offer to God all the 500,000 Masses being celebrated in the world – for His glory and our own intentions.
All that we have to do is to say the one word, “Jesus,” but knowing what we are doing.
St. Mechtilde was accustomed to offer the Passion of Jesus in union with all the Masses of the world for the souls in Purgatory.
Our Lord once showed her Purgatory open and thousands of souls going up to Heaven as the result of her little prayer.
When we say, “Jesus,” we can offer the Passion and the Masses of the world, either for ourselves or for the souls in Purgatory, or for any other intention we please.
We should always, too, offer them for the world at large and our own country in particular.
Nishant Xavier lives in Chennai, India. He has an MBA in Financial Management and works in investment banking in Credit Suisse. He earlier worked at Bank of New York in its Chennai office. He makes time to preach the Gospel. His Passion is to preach to 100 Crore Souls before he dies. He is the Author of the upcoming Book: The Great Commission of Lord Jesus Christ: Distributing 150 Crore Bibles in India by 2033. For any important concern, send him a mail at [email protected] or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and YouTube.