“O God, by your name save me. By your strength defend my cause.” - Psalm 54:3
Sometimes I think that we treat Jesus like Voldemort, like “He Who Must Not Be Named,” and we neglect using His name because “God” or “Lord” is more generic and comfortable. In Mark 1:21-28, Jesus cures a demoniac, who knows who Jesus is and cannot help but obey the power of His will, despite having completely rejected Him. The hard realization I often have with this reading is that demons believe Jesus is who He says He is more strongly than I often do. There is power in the name of Jesus, but do we believe that? Do we have confidence in that power to call upon it and use it for the glory of God? In moments of darkness do we lean into despair, or do we pray in confidence using the name of Jesus to rebuke darkness and evil? Jesus wants you to be free, and His name has the power over anything that may come against us. This week, anytime you feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, afraid, depressed or like you are battling darkness, take a deep breath and prayerfully repeat the name “Jesus” out loud in a clear, audible voice. Allow the power of His name to bring you peace, guidance, clarity and freedom. We are praying for you.
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Matt & Jenna are two Catholic best friends, youth ministers and worship leaders seeking to encourage, inspire & grow closer to Christ and His Church.