Read Matthew 28:16-20
What’s your name? Mine is John. My name identifies me, distinguishes me from other people with different names. “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” True. But not God’s name. God’s name does more than identify God. To speak God’s name is to invoke God’s presence. Jesus told us to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. When we do, we invoke the presence of God for the one baptized. We breathe God into the person. We envelop the person in God. In my catechism I learned that, when I wake up in the morning, I should begin the day by making the sign of the cross and saying, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” I learned to begin the day by invoking the presence of God through the name of God that was spoken over me in my baptism. Some people, when they wake up in the morning, say something like “Oh God! I can’t bear to face another day!” But we can say “Oh God!” with joy and anticipation. We know that when we speak the name of God at the beginning of the day, God is present with us to help us meet whatever the day will bring. At the beginning of each day, at the beginning of each new task, at the beginning of every new venture we should invoke the name of God.
Prayer: I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity by invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three.
-John H. Tietjen