Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time
July 20, 2017
This is my name forever;
this my title for all generations. – JESUS
In today’s Gospel, we see the name of God is revealed to Moses. In fact there is no name for God but he is named by his qualities. God reveals his name as Yahweh – I am who I am. The meaning of this name is that God is with us. Angel Gabriel gives the name “Jesus” which means one who saves or God with us. The nature of God can be only be attributed through prayer. God reveals himself in many situations to people so he can help them and it becomes the name of God in that situation. In short God’s name is helper, friend, one who saves us, God with us. God is infinite,mysterious and cannot be named like humans. God is power and love. Love cannot be named because it is not a Noun but a Verb in action. God is effective and active. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and lived with us in History as a human. Likewise the name Jesus is not a noun but a verb: one who saves.
In today’s gospel reading we see Jesus invites all who are burdened with a heavy yoke. He says, “Come to me and I will give you rest”. The Word Jesus itself is a Prayer. The meaning of Jesus is a virtue or quality of God. When we call on the Name of Jesus, we are Calling on God for help. This is a very powerful prayer. If we read in the old testament and Psalms God promising to Call on him and he answer the prayers. Jesus says in the New Testament to believe in him and he will give eternal peace.
Today let us call upon the Name of Jesus , not as a name but as a Prayer and he will save us from the slavery of the world, flesh and evil and give us Love, Joy and Peace. This is the Yoke Jesus is promising to everyone who calls his name and believes in the power of this name.