There are only a very few instances of God changing someone’s name in the Scriptures. Today we see the first of these in Genesis 17. Abram gets a new name. “Your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations.” This is pretty groundbreaking stuff, as Abraham and his wife had no children. In the Gospel reading from John 8, Jesus speaks of Abraham, saying, “Before Abraham came to be, I AM.” Needless to say, this didn’t sit too well with the Jews.
Jesus here reveals His eternal being. Not only was He around before Abraham, in fact He created Abraham! And everyone and everything before and since. This passage gives us a glimpse into the nature of the Trinity.
Jesus is the Author of Life. Isn’t it amazing to think that, as Catholics, we get to actually take the Author of Life, the One who created us, into our very bodies in the blessed Eucharist? When you think about it, it’s truly mind blowing! Yet so it is. Keep that in mind the next time you go to Mass.
Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, present to us in the Eucharist. May we reflect on the immensity of this each time we receive. Amen.