January 3rd is the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
Ever wonder why blasphemy is such a crime in the Scriptures? That is because you HAVE a name. I HAVE a name. But God IS His name. God and His name are equivalent realities. An attack on His name is an attack on Him. To do so is to curse yourself and the place where the blasphemy is uttered.
One of the reasons why I never watch movies anymore is because of Hollywood’s frequent and random use of blasphemies. I never know if a movie has one, or when it will come. I never want a blasphemy said in my home. I spend much energy trying to make it holy. I don’t want to undo it with blasphemy.
I was once sitting in the Confessional when a penitent came and confessed the viewing of pornography and committing the physical act of impurity with himself. Once those sins were out of the way — being what he thought were his biggest — he then rattled off a litany of smaller sins, among which was blasphemy (a few times he was guilty of saying the word “damn” after saying the word “God”). He was astounded when I told him that the blasphemies were by far the biggest sins. Porn and masturbation are excessive (and so perverted) love of created goods (the beauty in the image and the desire for self-gratification). But irreverence of the name of God is a lack of love for the Supreme Good. This being far more perverted and evil.
As many of you know, I have participated in more than a few exorcisms. Never have I ever witnessed a demon trash-talk the name of God. I have seen demons claim to be God. I have seen them show disdain for the things God loves. I have seen them ridicule God’s reign. But I have never seen them disrespect His name. That is a domain where, apparently, even the demons fear to tread.
Food for thought, friends.