Mary Vitamin for January 3rd
Topic: The Holy Name of Jesus (January 3)
"Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High..."
Our Lady was the first to revere the Holy Name of Jesus. She began to do this as soon as the angel revealed the Sacred Name. All during the arduous journey into the hill country ofJudah, on her errand of charity, She kept the Sacred Name within Her heart. When Our Lady arrived at the house of Zecharias and greeted Elizabeth, Our Lady, revealed the secret Her Immaculate heart pondered during the journey:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
Holy is His name.
Magnificat Luke 1:46-55
Today when I pray the rosary, I will take extra care in saying the Holy Name of Jesus. I will think of Our Lady in Her journey who said the Holy name of Jesus over and over again, lovingly and reverently.
St. Isaac Jogues carved the Holy Name of Jesus into the trees around His mission house in upstate New York, in deference to the power of the Holy Name over the devils. By virtue of my Marian Vow, Our Lady Herself will etch the Holy Name upon my heart. I will ask for this grace in the rosary and remember my vow.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.