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The power of names
Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21

Cathy Venkatesh

Exodus 1:8--2:10 — Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20


"What's in a name? That which we call a rose would by any other name smell as sweet." Shakespeare's Juliet bemoans Romeo's family name of Montague and begs him to cast it off, but all who have seen the play know that is not so easily done. Names have power, both the names we are given and the names that we choose. Each of our lessons today touches on the power of names and naming in our lives of faith. Are there names we need to cast off? Are there names we need to claim? Today's readings offer much to ponder.

Exodus 1:8--2:10
Today marks a transition in readings from the book of Genesis, begun on Trinity Sunday in June, to the book of Exodus, which we will read into late October. It can be worth marking this transition and reminding parishioners of the remarkable story of the Hebrew people that has been read through the summer: Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and ...

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