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The Baptism of Our Lord, 8 January 2017

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The Most Holy Name of Jesus, 1 January 2017

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The Most Holy Name of Jesus, 1 January 2017 Numbers 6:22-27 Psalm 8 Galatians 4:4-7 or Philippians 2:5-11 Saint Luke 2:15-21


Background: The Name “Jesus”
Not as familiar to Christians is the name “Yehoshua”, which me might recognize in its English transliteration as “Joshua”, which is the name from which the name “Jesus” is derived. This comes to us from the Greek and Latin forms of the name.Another form of the name, “Yeshua” seems to have been used in Judea around the time of Jesus. The name seems to mean, “YHWH is salvation”, and like a great number of Hebrew names not only refers to God, but acts or attributes of God as well.
In daily life, Jesus would have normally been referred to in relationship to others or to places. Thus we hear of him as “Jesus of Nazareth” or “Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth,” or even as “the carpenter’s son”. Larger family references are known as well, such as “the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon.”
First Reading: N…