In the Gospel, unclean spirits call out the name of Jesus not as a confession of who He is, but an attempt to fight off His power. There is a belief that using the name of an opposing spirit shows mastery over that spirit. But, the unclean spirits were silenced by Jesus, showing His dominion over them and the power of His Name.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. — Mark 1:23-26
Today, the Gospel reminds us that Jesus has given us access to Him and His powerful Name. A Name we can call upon in times of joy, triumph, and hope. A Name we can call upon in times of trials, fear, discouragement, or suffering.
What shall we fear? For even unclean spirits are subject to Him and His dominion.
All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” — Mark 1:27
Whatever we are going through right now, whether joy or sadness, hope or despair, let us call upon His Name, the Name above all names.
And through His Name, we also have access to our Father in heaven.
Call upon His Name.