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Message for July 2019

Dear Friends in Christ;

The final and perhaps most difficult title of Jesus to understand and discuss is the title “I AM”.  Jesus defines Himself in the same way that the Almighty did with Moses from the “Burning Bush” on Mt. Sinai.  You will read the two scripture references applicable to this title and consider what the Catechism has to say about “I AM”.

In Christ,

Fr. David

Open with Sign of Cross and then this prayer:

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

L: Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth Your Spirit, O Lord, and they shall be created.

R: And You shall renew the face of the earth

L: Let us pray – God our Father, pour out the gifts of your Holy Spirit on the world.  You sent the Spirit on Your Church to begin the teaching of the Gospel; now let the Spirit continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe.  Through Christ our Lord.

R: Amen

L: You, O Lord, will open my lips.

R: And my tongue shall announce Your praise.

L: Incline unto my aid, O God.

R: O Lord, make haste to help me.

L: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

R:  As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen

 

Read and Discuss

Read Exodus 3:1-15

A) Why is it so seemingly serious and mysterious – (that is) God’s revelation of His name to Moses? The burning bush is a metaphor for the latter truth, isn’t it? This action of God parallels its profundity and meaning. Discuss

B) Can you relate to this name of God? In other words, would you use His name (“I AM”) in conversation/prayer with God? Why or why not?

C) What does any difficulty with this name say about what God was trying to achieve in time and space though His revelation to Moses?

Read CCC 203-205 and 207-209

I) “I AM” desires to reveal a God who is always there, present to His people in order to save them. This truth is synonymous with what other name and person?

II) “I AM” is the beginning of a statement that can be completed in many ways. There’s an openness to it.  How do you think or imagine completing this title “I AM” (e.g. the Bread of Life, the King of Kings, Love, the Way the Truth and the Life).  Share others.

III) And so the Jews do not proclaim God’s name (YHWH) what gives us the authority?

Read John 8:48-59

  1.  There is great confusion here, point out each specific error of the Jews understanding in this passage.
  2. Jesus’ attempt to clear up the confusion falls short with the Jews. In the end they wanted to kill him.  Why?
  3. This title (“I AM”) really cements the Divinity of Jesus through Revelation in that Jesus makes Himself equal to God. You bear the name “Christian”, don’t you?  What does this title mean to you?  What do you think it means to others that know you?  No human being can equate themselves with God (except Jesus) but every human can relate to God.  How?  (You should have a lot of answers to this, many of which should relate to all the other titles of Jesus you have been discussing in the Upper Room)

Pray the following to close your meeting:

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.
V. God the Father of Heaven
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God the Holy Spirit,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Holy Trinity, one God,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, Son of the living God, R. Have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, [etc.]
Jesus, brightness of eternal light.
Jesus, King of glory.
Jesus, sun of justice.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus, most amiable.
Jesus, most admirable.
Jesus, the mighty God.
Jesus, Father of the world to come.
Jesus, angel of great counsel.
Jesus, most powerful.
Jesus, most patient.
Jesus, most obedient.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Jesus, lover of chastity.
Jesus, lover of us.
Jesus, God of peace.
Jesus, author of life.
Jesus, example of virtues.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls.
Jesus, our God.
Jesus, our refuge.
Jesus, father of the poor.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful.
Jesus, good Shepherd.
Jesus, true light.
Jesus, eternal wisdom.
Jesus, infinite goodness.
Jesus, our way and our life.
Jesus, joy of Angels.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles.
Jesus, teacher of the Evangelists.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs.
Jesus, light of Confessors.
Jesus, purity of Virgins.
Jesus, crown of Saints.

V. Be merciful, R. spare us, O Jesus.
V. Be merciful, R. graciously hear us, O Jesus.

V. From all evil, R. deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Your wrath, [etc.]
From the snares of the devil.
From the spirit of fornication.
From everlasting death.
From the neglect of Your inspirations.
By the mystery of Your holy Incarnation.
By Your Nativity.
By Your Infancy.
By Your most divine Life.
By Your labors.
By Your agony and passion.
By Your cross and dereliction.
By Your sufferings.
By Your death and burial.
By Your Resurrection.
By Your Ascension.
By Your institution of the most Holy Eucharist.
By Your joys.
By Your glory.

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. spare us, O Jesus.
V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. graciously hear us, O Jesus.
V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. have mercy on us, O Jesus.

V. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.

V. Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened to you.” Grant, we beg of You, to us who ask it, the gift of Your most divine love, that we may ever love You with our whole heart, in word and deed, and never cease praising You.

Give us, O Lord, as much a lasting fear as a lasting love of Your Holy Name, for You, who live and are King for ever and ever, never fail to govern those whom You have solidly established in Your love.

R. Amen

 

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