Reflection by Fr. Slowiak

Phrases and concepts stop by . . . for example In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he says that at the name of Jesus every knee will bend, on heaven and on earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  At the name of Jesus, the whole world shifts on its axis, changes, is transformed into the Kingdom of God.  What power in a name!

We end our prayer sometimes saying that “we pray in the name of Jesus.”  To pray “in the name of Jesus” means to pray in the spirit, in the way and manner of Jesus, as he prayed, for example, in Gethsemane, “Father, if this is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42 NAB).  To pray “in the name of Jesus” is to listen with expectancy while open to the will of God.