God revealed himself to Moses in the form of a burning bush and, asked his name, said, “I am who I am.”

It wasn’t yet time for God to give his name yet, said Fr. Jon Schnobrich. The reason was that once you name or label something, it’s easy to put it in a box.

God showed that he was not to be labeled as just one thing, one god among many. He wanted to protect the human race from dismissing His holiness by becoming too familiar with him — as we all know, “familiarity breeds contempt.”

It also leads to false presumptions about God, said Fr. Jon. God wants to draw us up into union with himself. He chooses for us to not only know his name but to be fed with him through the Eucharist — the most complete union there is.

Mass times July 23-29: Friday noon (no Adoration); Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday noon (no Adoration); Thursday 8 a.m. Adoration, 9 a.m. Mass. Confessions Saturday 3:15-3:45 p.m. or by appointment.

— Shannara Johnson

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