Truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. A woman in childbirth is in distress because her time is at hand. But after the child is born, she no longer remembers her suffering because of her great joy: a human being is born into the world.
You feel sorrowful now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice; and no one will take your joy from you. When that day comes you will not ask me anything. Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.
What’s in a name? “In the Old Testament and in ancient cultures, there is a close connection between the soul and a person’s name. His entire being, with likes and dislikes, is present in his name. To know a person’s name is to gain control over him. The divine person wrestling with Jacob did not disclose his name (Gen 32:29), for it is holy. The angel told Manoa, “Why do you ask, thus my name, seeing it is secret?” (Jdg 13:18). A new name signifies an incisive transformation in life, as when a nun assumes a name at her profession. (Bishop Kallistos) The ancient scribes were profoundly careful when writing, copying and pronouncing God’s name.
Due to the frailty of human nature, without God’s assistance, it cannot reach the divinity. In desperation, mankind brings down the divinity to human level. Thus, we hear people disrespecting God’s name and using it in vain. God’s name is used intermittently in cursing, and Jesus’ name is invoked nonchalantly. God’s name is sacramental. Its use bestows upon the person God’s blessing. Mere mechanical repetition of the Holy Name and of any devotional prayers does not confer what they signify. May His Name be hallowed forever!
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