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Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Lord says ... Luke 2:16-21


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

16The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. 18All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. 19And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. 20Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. 


21When eight days were completed for his circumcision, 
He was named Jesus, 
The name given him by the angel 
Before he was conceived in the womb.



THE NAME

When a baby is born, parents give their baby his or her name. Before, a name signifies something, like good qualities of a person to be, trade or profession, place of birth, where one lives,  social status, etc.  But now, a name becomes diverse and complex and gotten from anybody’s name, especially foreign sounding names,  that are different from its significance.  Parents have a choice what name to use for their children, but children don’t have at the time of birth.

I was named by my mother, ‘Mimona,’ taken from her former college classmate’s first name, who was a Muslim.  But a typographical error was committed by the county clerk when my certificate of live birth was registered because my name was registered as ‘Maymona.’  I experienced having my name misspelled several times when I was in the elementary schooling days.  It was misspelled, ‘Mimosa,’  ‘Mayona,’ and ‘Mayoma.’  I felt, like it was an insult, a total humiliation to me as a person. When I was still young, I asked my mother why she chose this name. She replied, “Because I just like it and in remembrance of my former college classmate.  She is a Muslim and it’s a Muslim name.”  I was left dumbfounded upon hearing it.

As a child, did I have a choice?  With two foreign sounding names plus my family name, I had a hard time writing my full name in a grade pad paper.  Imagine how I, as a grader, who writes big letters, can fill up the whole first line of space of a grade pad paper with my first name only!!! I tried using it for many years, till I got tired of using this first name when I entered my high school days. I tried to learn how to write small letters in my intermediate pad paper. When I entered college, I never had anymore problem in writing my full name.

In the Gospel, our Lord was named ‘Jesus’ by the heavenly Father and relayed thru His messenger, Archangel Gabriel, to our Blessed Mother, Mary.  His name, ‘JESUS’ has magnificent meaning, amazing, not only His parents, but the whole world -- for us to see, feel, know, and realize that the Truth, the Way, and the Light is only through this powerful name.  His name bears the heavenly qualities of the Son of man and Son of God to fulfill a great mission of showing love, mercy, and compassion to everyone.   It’s the most blessed name, heavenly name, everlasting name, and powerful name that should be embossed in our hearts and that deserves respect, praise, and glory.   

                        
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