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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 8, 2019

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FRIDAY, March 8

John 1:42 He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

I was named Mary for my father’s mother, and my middle name is Miller, my maternal grandmother’s maiden name. Until I was five or six, I was called Mary Miller—which I hated.

Like a number of women of my generation, I took my husband’s last name when we married.

The vast majority of us know ourselves by the names our parents gave us, honoring ancestors or relatives or perhaps expressing aspirations for our futures. Some of us struggle with our names for various reasons and need a new name. Peter has become something other than Simon, and the old name will not do for the new person he has become.

In our parish when a person is baptized, the priest pronounces the name of the child or adult, and adds, “Christian”—a new name for a new life. I like this recognition that in baptism we, like Peter, are renamed by Jesus, who claims us as family and knows what we can become.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you feel about your name?

PRAY for the Diocese of Melbourne (Australia)

Ps 95, 31 * 35 | Deuteronomy 7:12-16 | Titus 2:1-15 | John 1:35-42

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