I pray that someday I’ll be the type of person that can articulately, gracefully, and boldly respond when I hear someone near me speak the Lord’s name in anger or frustration or as a curse word. Right now, I’m not there.
I don’t really know how to put into words exactly what my heart feels when I hear my Savior’s name being used in such a way. I’m immediately filled with sorrow because so many in our world today don’t understand the love and power of Jesus and, at the same time, I’m filled with anger that the name of Jesus is no longer sacred. I’ll never understand why it is acceptable to yell the name of Jesus Christ at sporting events, in movies, and even in casual conversation.
To my surprise, it was athlete Tim Tebow who helped me understand what my response should be when people use the name of Jesus in vain. Watch this video and listen closely to his automatic reply.
Did you catch how Tim Tebow responded? A simple, “loves you” is what he replied immediately after hearing the name of Jesus exclaimed.
Other quick and easy replies to try:
-Blessed be His Name
– Came that you might be saved
-Son of God, have mercy on me and on the whole world
-Forgive us our sins
– To Him be the glory, the honor, and praise
Take the time to think and pray about your response. If you’re not quite ready to engage in a theological discussion with those around you, these phrases, that are really prayers, will come in handy when needed. Be prepared. Do what you can to help others learn the importance of respecting the name of Jesus.
You can also make this Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Uttered Against the Holy Name of Jesus.
O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer,
Son of the living God, behold,
we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation;
we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered
against Thy Holy Name,
for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed
for all the irreverence shown toward Thine Immaculate
for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy
the holy Catholic and Roman Church.
O Jesus, who hast said:
“If you ask the Father anything in My Name, He will give
it to you,”
we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in
danger of sin;
shield them from every temptation to fall away from the
save those who are even now standing on the brink of the
to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth,
courage and strength for the conflict with evil,
perseverance in faith and active charity!
For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus,
in Thy name, unto God the Father,
with whom Thou livest and reignest
in the unity of the Holy Ghost world without end.
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