Friday, March 28, 2014

Speaking Your Name

Today's video talks about the conversation between Christ and Mary Magdalene after He has arisen, and that until He says her name, she does not recognize him.  However, as soon as he does say her name, recognition is instantaneous. 
Our creator is the same and never changes despite the names given Him by people here and in all parts of the world. Even if we gave Him no name at all, He would still be there, within us, waiting to give us good on this earth.  George Washington Carver

Interestingly, there are thousands of names for God, but each of us has our own individual name; each type of plant, animal and rock has a name, but individually, unless they're someone's pet, we don't know individual names for them.  Our name carries with us a unique individual identity.  In some cultures, given names are hidden in the belief that they contain power, and one should not give their power away.  In Middle Eastern societies, names change based on what you have accomplished over the years.  Among Catholics, you choose a name of a saint whom you most admire or wish to emulate to add to your name at confirmation.

And while hearing your full name spoken by a parent often inspires fear in one's heart in the Western world, 'cause you only get the full name when you're in trouble, think back to all the times people have said your name, your nickname, your full name.  Hear the various voices used - the anger, irritation, love, fondness, impatience.

Now put yourself in Mary's place.  Use the "Prayer with Imagination" technique.  And hear the Christ say your name.  With what emotion does He speak?

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