I have revealed your name to those whom you took from the world to give me. Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us. John 17:1-11.
Understanding him as ‘Father’.
A child start to address his parents before he start to speak. May be it is in his own meaningless words. When the relationship is in beginning form the important thing is communication. But when he grows up he understands real name of his parents. The relationship between God and Man is the same. There are miles to go from ‘worship in the mountain’ to ‘worship the Father in spirit and Truth’. Yes, there is a sustainable growth until ‘they may be one like us’.
The flourishing relationship between Jesus and woman from Samaria is interesting. (St John 1-42). At the starting of conversation she address Jesus as ‘thou’ and ‘Jew’. When the conversation builds up it changes to ‘Sir’ . When Jesus finds her secret, that she had five husbands, it changes to ‘prophet’. Jesus says, ‘I that speak unto thee am he‘, the ultimate revelation of God. From there onwards her perspective changes to Christ.
It may be true that the God may not speak beside a well. But he may ask water through the poor needy people on earth. And he is always ready to give the living water.
On that sunny day there may be many people drew water from Jacob’s well. But the one chosen from the world was the woman from Samaria. We are all fortunate that God took us from the world and he revealed his name.
Coat of arms.
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name.
St David understands the protection from his name in a better way. Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:19). In fact the disciples never face a threat before the death of Jesus. But still Jesus says that he protected them. We need the protection from God in a different way. If we consider thought is the seed of action, we need a protection in an intangible form. We need protection from pride of men, in most cases from our own filthy thoughts.
The God was always ready to fight and protect those who believe in him, but the expectation of Jews from a Christ was different. The protection of God in our life will be beyond our imagination. Our senses may be scourged and ego may be crucified. The winning is not the end, it is just the starting. It is the starting of devotion.
And St Paul describes the protection in his name in detail. Ephesians 6:11-17. ‘Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’