July 20.   Basil and his gran were having a conversation.  “Knowing someone by name does in a way give you a sense of power of them, at least a stronger relationship than just knowing about them.  We even go around name dropping to show some power.”  “Like when you say in a group, ”When I was having lunch with the Premier I told him that the pot holes in our suburb are really a disgrace.”  “But never mind that, did you know that the Jewish people then and even now don’t use God’s name as they see that as very disrespectful.” 

Reflect, share, act. Scripture:   Read Ex 3:11-17.   God replied, ‘I am who am. This is what you shall tell the Israelites. I AM sent me to you.“  Ex 3:14. Pope Francis. The Church esteems the ways in which God works in other religions, and rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions.   She has a high regard for their manner of life and conduct, their precepts and doctrines which often reflect a ray of truth which enlightens all men and women.   Yet we Christians are very much aware that if the music of the Gospel ceases to sound in our homes, our public squares, our workplaces, our political and financial life then we will no longer hear the strains that challenge us to defend the dignity of every person.  For us the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   FT 277