The Name of God

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…


3rd Sunday of Lent C

There is nothing more boring than a homily focused on the history of how a single verse in the bible has been interpreted through the centuries.  I will now prove this point.

While tending the flock, Moses happens upon the remarkable sight of a bush that is burning, but not consumed by the fire.  From that bush comes a voice that speaks of God’s decision to free the Israelites, God’s chosen people, from their slavery in Egypt and take them to a new, fertile land all their own.  Astounded, Moses asks a question of the bush that might astound us for its relatively lack of importance, “If they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?”

Shakespeare once said, “What is in a name?”  For the Jewish culture and those of the near east, the answer I pretty simple, “Everything.” …

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