Sunday, January 15, 2017
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Burglar broke into house. As he flashes a light around, he hears a voice – Jesus knows you are here. He nearly jumped out of his skin. When he heard nothing more – he continues his search for valuables. Once again he heard – Jesus is watching you! He looked around frantically – in the corner – there was a parrot. Did you say that? Yes. I’m just trying to warn you that he is watching you. Warn me? Who are you – Moses, replied the bird. Moses, who would name their bird Moses. The same people who would name their Rottweiler – Jesus!
A name! Names are so important. Tells everyone who we are. During the course of our lives, we hear our names 1,000’s of times. I usually loved to hear my parents speak my name – except when I was in trouble!
Readings today speak about names
1) Book of Numbers – Moses is told to have Aaron bless the people in the name of God. And what is God’s name – I am Who Am – Yahweh – so awesome it is not pronounced. When it is written, the vowels are left out. Jesus said – Hallowed be thy name! Second Commandment – Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain.
2) Paul tell us, because of Jesus, we can call God by another name – When you pray say – Father – Abba – Daddy. An intimate word. Points to a relationship. God is awesome and all powerful and also Abba!
3) Eight days after his birth, Jesus was presented in the Temple by Mary and Joseph. He was given the name Jesus – the name the angel gave him – Yeshua, a form of Joshua – Yahweh saves. St. Paul wrote that this is the Name above every other name. At his Name, every knee should bend and every tongue declare that Jesus is Lord.
At Baptism – this is the first question that parents are asked – what name have you given your child? Reminds everyone that this is a unique individual – never before and never again will this unique person exist. This child has been entrusted by God to your family to be loved and cared for – this is a child of God!!!
President Bush (41) was once visiting a nursing home. A resident was giving him a good looking over. The President asked him “Do you know who I am?” Resident – No, but if you speak to those nurses over there I’m sure they can help you!”
Who are you – Joseph, Mary, Michael, Susan - You are a child of God!!!