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at the name of

Jesus

every knee should bow
 

of those that are in Heaven,
 
on earth, and under the earth.


(Philippians 2.7-9)


We no longer bow our heads at the Sacred Name of Jesus

 

 

When was the last time you saw a priest, a bishop, a cardinal or even a pope bow his head at the Sacred Name — even during Mass? You may observe it in one or two elderly women in the pews, or in the young college student three pews ahead. You may be perplexed as to why I ask the question at all — and that is very much to the point.

Prior to Vatican II every priest, every Catholic bowed their heads whenever they heard the Sacred Name of Jesus uttered. Many of you were never taught. Some had never so much as seen the gesture — ever. Over the ensuing years most just went with the increasingly secular flow of the “post-Conciliar Church” that had once been the “Roman Catholic Church” … until that decade of decadence (the 1960s) infected even the Bride of Christ Herself through Vatican II’s Aggiornamento or “updating” — and that holy (and still binding) obligation fell into disuse … and eventually disrepute as a visible impediment to “Ecumenism”.

We had gone from being 2000-year-old “Roman Catholics” to thoroughly “Modernist Enlightened Catholics” ... in less than 10 years! That is to say, we became gradually, but ineluctably, indistinguishable from our erstwhile “lamentably separated brethren” in the Protestant “churches”. Indeed, we outpaced their lunacy by abolishing many of our “Churches” altogether and establishing “Worship Spaces” and “Faith Communities” in their stead. Ecumenism demanded such parity! Both, after all, claimed to have “Faith”, both claimed to “worship” and both were equally “communities”.

Prior to this grotesque mutation from “Roman Catholicism” to “Modern Ecumenical Catholicism-lite” one of the most notable marks of Catholics that fell into desuetude was the instinctive bowing of their heads upon hearing the Sacred Name of Jesus. Again, this, of course, was before Catholics at large lost every sense of sanctity following the Second Vatican Council — for we now deem ourselves greater than Saint Paul himself, who insisted:


“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth.” (Philippians 2.7-9)


After 2000 unbroken years of Catholic practice it all suddenly ended! Why?

When speaking of, or making reference to Jesus Christ in a homily, virtually every priest assiduously avoids the Messianic title “Christ” (χριστός, “the Anointed of God”) … using, instead, the Sacred Name of “Jesus”? Does that ever strike you as odd? You never hear about  Christ”!

Why the sudden break with antiquity? Why this dramatic change which oddly “coincided” with Vatican II when the world (together with the flesh and the devil) made its way into our Church together with the “progressive” and socialistic egalitarianism that swept through the Sanctuary and pews when “Good Pope John XXIII” (of infamous memory) — and with no discernible, let alone compelling reason — just capriciously “threw open its windows” to let “the stale air” out and the fresh air of the Brave New World in. Unfortunately, together with “the stale air”, the equally stale Faithful were also ejected as the world clambered in.


Why?

Do not be deceived by the petulant nonsense that so many bishops in complicity with avant-garde theologians peddle as “Progressive Catholicism”  —  an abridgement of Christianity that has virtually no historical, dogmatic, or magisterial connection with the “Roman Catholic Church” preceding Vatican II (think The Jesuits — who should have been suppressed 60 years ago as both heretics and apostates). There was absolutely no urgent need for a Council. None.

By repeatedly uttering the sacred Name of Jesus priests (together with “Lectors” of both genders,—  but usually female “victims” of “patriarchal oppression”) have systematically desensitized us to this Biblical mandate to bow our heads at the Name of the Son of God.  Perhaps they realized that if they loosely uttered it enough (less aware of the power implicit in the Name than the demons themselves who trembled before it
*)  it would be lose that formidable transcendence between God-the-Creator and created-Man and eventually become —  as all things holy became, following Vatican II —  a mere commonplace: one name among a great many others.

Christ became our “buddy” after Vatican II and was simply “one of us” (“we’re tight with Him”). That is to say, Jesus is now only parenthetically “the Christ” in our viciously egalitarian and democratic society where no one Person possesses anything verging on pre-eminence, let alone a “title” such as “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords” — for that would carry the odor of a superiority that transcends the communal stench of the sweating masses —  even if that Person is God Himself!

Such hierarchical language, after all, disappeared with Victorian England — and, quite appositely, was abolished with the October Revolution of the Bolsheviks in Russia in 1917. Thereafter, you may recall, everyone was “comrade” — until December 25, 1991 when Communism collapsed in Mother Russia’s womb which had conceived it, delivered it, tortured it, killed and finally buried it — just as every priest rendered the Sacred Name defunct following Vatican II. It was a Rogerian coup ... a desacralization of the sacred itself.

It is very much the same reason that we no longer accord the Apostles — or anyone whom Holy Mother Church has canonized — asSaint”. We —  unlike all our sinful forebears — are on an intimate first name basis with them as well. Alas, for sorrow, how we hear their blessed names spoken as if they were merely the man or woman down the street.

It would appear that Modernist Ecumenical Catholics would be much more comfortable  with Christ’s enemies ... than His friends; indeed, than with Christ Himself.

  The Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist
 

Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in Heaven and on earth and under the earth”                                                                             (Philippians 2.9-10)

But we no longer so much as bow our heads upon hearing His Name ... let alone bend our knee as we pass before Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

There was a time when, in a mix of many people, one could always distinguish the Catholics among them. We see vestiges of this at Mass — and almost exclusively among the elderly. They bow their heads, however slightly, even imperceptibly, upon hearing the name, “Jesus”.

Every time.

No matter how often and carelessly the Name is uttered by the priest or deacon — as any other name upon Earth —  still the heads bow, reflexively, instinctively, from a life past, an age past, when “the Name" was sacred ... and understood as “the Sacred Name". It derived not from a generation past, but from centuries past, millennia past, where it was recognized that one could not always kneel upon hearing the Sacred Name, but the head ... and the neck ... could always bow before it.


The Prologue in Heaven

They were former days”, you say. Yes ... but from days more ancient still, the days from which the source and substance of our very Faith derives, days where a continuity existed — and still exists — between Heaven above and Earth below, ancient days in which we hear the words of Saint Paul echoed through the ages:
 

In the Old Testament:

“Be converted to me, and you shall be saved, all ye ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by myself, the word of justice shall go out of my mouth, and shall not return: For every knee shall be bowed to me.” (Isaiah 45.22-24)

... and in the New:

“Every creature, which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them: I heard all saying: To him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, benediction, and honor, and glory, and power, for ever and ever. And the four living creatures said: Amen. And the four and twenty ancients fell down on their faces, and adored him that liveth for ever and ever.”  (Apocalypse 5.13-14)

“Dost thou believe in the Son of God? He answered, and said: Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him? And Jesus said to him: Thou hast both seen him; and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said: I believe, Lord. And falling down, he adored him."  (Saint John 9.35-38)

"Peter saw, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”  (Saint Luke 5.8)

 

And for every subsequent generation ... but ours.

We are, after all, too wise ... too sophisticated. We are not blind beggars and we are not simple fishermen. We are not children.

Indeed. Each of them entered the Kingdom of Heaven.

So tell me ... since you are neither blind, nor simple fishermen, nor children, how do you propose to enter into the Kingdom of God?

They fell to their knees before God, and you ... you will do what? Is your pride so overweening that you will bring your full height to the face of God? Will you stride proudly through the Gates of Heaven?

You are a fool!

The arrogant have ever been an affront to God. Mary herself tells us that, He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.” 1

Are you greater than Mary, Mother of God? Greater than Saint Peter?

Will you make yourself to be even greater than Christ Himself Who, “fell upon his face, praying” 2 to His Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsemane?

And still, when next you pass Him by — Jesus Christ really and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar — and every single day thereafter, you will not so much as acknowledge Him with the bend of your knee ... nor His Sacred Name with a nod of your head?

Instead of repenting of this arrogance, and learning from Christ Who tells us that He Himself is humble 3 — you celebrate! ... most often yourselves — proclaiming in song, in smug assurance, that you “are God’s people” — “and the light of the world” — even as you fail to recognize Him Who stands before you ... Whom on Good Friday we had crucified with our sins.

Why do you find this so difficult?

Because to bend your knee you must first bend your will!

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1 Saint Luke, 1.51-52
2 Saint Matthew, 26.39
3 Saint Matthew, 11.29

 

This says quite a bit — and leaves quite a bit unsaid ...
 

Geoffrey K. Mondello
Editor
Boston Catholic Journal
April 29, 2020

 

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 * “What have we to do with thee, Jesus Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Saint Matthew 8.28-29)

    “in the synagogue there was a man who had an unclean devil, and he cried out with a loud voice, Saying: Let us alone, what have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the holy one of God.” (Saint Luke 4.33-34)
 

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