God Has A Name
In the Church’s calendar, today (March 8) is the feast of Saint John “of God”, the founder of the Hospitaller Brothers who continue even today to care for the sick. From the time of his conversion onward, the life of this man was a continuous pouring out of himself for other people, for the suffering and the rejected, as well as for those who were poorest of all at that time, the mentally ill and prostitutes, for whom he sought to make a new life possible. The letters he wrote give a striking impression of the passion with which this man was consumed for the oppressed. “I am working here in debt, and I am a captive for the sake of Christ. Often I owe so much that I dare not go out, in case I am seized for my debts. And when I see so many of my brethren in poverty and my neighbors suffering beyond their strength, oppressed in mind or body by so many cares, and am unable to help them, it causes me exceeding sorrow. But I trust in Christ who knows my heart.” I find it profoundly significant that this man was given the sobriquet “of God”. In this life, totally spent in the service of men, we see in an incomparable manner who God is—the God of the burning bush, the God of Jesus Christ, he who is the right of those who have no rights, he who is eternal and close at hand; he who has names and who gives names. May we, too, be ever more “of God”, so that we may have an ever-deeper knowledge of God and become for others a path to the knowledge of God.
Ratzinger, J. (2008). The God of Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Triune God. (Brian McNeil, Trans.) (pp. 23–25). San Francisco: Ignatius Press.