Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.

I am going to ride Bishop Barron’s coattails again this morning because he asks a rather profound question that I believe is worthy of spending some time thinking about today.  God defined himself to Moses as I AM WHO AM.  What does that mean?  From Bishop Barron’s daily meditation…

Friends, today Jesus refers to himself as “I AM,” the name God revealed to Moses. So let’s reflect on this episode from Genesis. While tending sheep in the hill country, Moses sees a strange sight. There an angel of the Lord appears to him in fire, flaming out of a bush. God sees him and calls him by name: “Moses, Moses. I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” This is a very familiar God, one who knows Moses’ ancestors.

Moses makes bold to ask, “If the Israelites ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?” God replied: “I am who I am.” What does that mean? God is saying, in essence, “I cannot be defined, described, or delimited. I am not a being, but rather the sheer act of to-be itself.”

“This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you.” The sheer act of being itself cannot be avoided, and it cannot be controlled. It can only be surrendered to in faith. How shocking and strange Jesus’ listeners must have found it when Jesus took this name for himself!

Reflect: What is your definition of God? What does it mean to you that God is not a being—not even a Supreme Being—but the “sheer act of to-be itself “? 


Here is a link to Today’s Readings.

As I sat here thinking about Bishop Barren’s question as to what my definition of God would be, I starting contemplating how I would define who I am if someone asked and came up with something simple but I what I think is a complete definition of who I am, of what I want to be, of who I NEED to be…IN HIM, I AM!

Do something great for our Lord today – know that in Him, you are.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

PS – My granddaughter Audrey turned 1 yesterday.  In all that has been going on, I failed to mention this…Happy Birthday Audrey…(see picture above).


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