The Pope’s book is wonderful. I keep finding so much to chew on. At first I thought it would be over my head, but it truly is spiritual reading. The more I learn about Western theology, the more I see the depth of love for God in the questions asked and even in the answers given. This particular passage really spoke to me:

This {the ‘invocability’ of the name} will probably make clear what Old Testament faith means when it speaks of a name of God. The aim is different from that of the philosopher seeking the concept of the highest Being. The concept is a product of thinking that wants to know what that highest Being is like in itself. Not so the name. When God names himself after the self-understanding of faith, he is not so much expressing his inner nature as making himself nameable; he is handing himself over to men in such a way that he can be called upon by them. And by doing this he enters into coexistence with them; he puts himself within their reach; he is “there” for them.

Here, too, is the angle from which it would seem to become clear that it means when John presents the Lord Jesus Christ as the real, living name of God. In him is fulfilled what a mere name could never in the end fulfill. In him the meaning of the discussion of the name of God has reached its goal, and so, too, has that which was always meant and intended by the name of God. In him – this is what the evangelist means by this idea – God has really become he who can be invoked. In him God has entered forever into coexistence with us. The name is no longer just a word at which we clutch; it is now flesh of our flesh, bone of our bone. God is one of us.

What a wonderful book this has turned out to be.

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