Richard Challoner School

What’s in a name?

"Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Why have a feast day for a name?

In the Old Testament, names carried profound significance. Whenever someone’s name was changed, it connoted a new identity and mission from God. For example, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham when He called him to become the father of many nations. Similarly, after Jacob wrestled with God, the Lord blessed him and renamed him Israel, a name which means “He strives with God.”

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