O Lord, our God,
how wonderful Your name in all the earth!
The beauty and magnificence of praising God's name is referenced in each of today's readings.
The revealed name of God is "I Am," a name not pronounced by the people of Israel out of reverence. Instead, the Hebrew name for "Lord" is spoken (Adonai). God's name is further revealed in His Son Jesus, who identifies Himself as "I Am" in the Gospels.
As noted in today's reading from the Gospel of St. Luke, our risen Lord appears to the apostles and proclaims that the Old Testament prophecies have been fulfilled in Him. Now "repentance for the forgiveness of sins" will be preached in His name to all people.
Praying for someone or something "in the name of Jesus" can carry a special power that is quite real, as attested in the Acts of the Apostles as well as in Christian healings in our own time.
The infinite love, goodness and power of our uncreated God, as revealed in the mystery of His name, a name shared in the unity of being with His Son, inspires us, as it did the psalmist, to declare "O Lord, our God, how wonderful Your name in all the earth."
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne