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When Jesus Calls Your Name

I have continued to reflect on the events after Jesus’s resurrection, particularly the fact that some of his disciples didn’t recognize him. As discussed in a recent post, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize Jesus when she first saw him as she stood outside his empty tomb. But when he called her name, she did recognize him.

Has that ever happened to you? Has Jesus or God or the Holy Spirit ever called you by name? Most of us would probably answer “no.” Some folks answer in the affirmative, and to quote the current Pope in another context, “Who am I to judge?” It just hasn’t happened to me. Or has it?

I have not actually heard Jesus say, “John.” But I have felt a nudge inside–sometimes very strongly–to do one thing or another. At times, a person has spoken to me in such a manner that, looking back on it, Jesus may very well have spoken through that person. Or after praying about a problem, I have felt the inner calm of Jesus.

I suspect all of us have experienced an inner nudge, heard a silent voice, felt a divine calm, welcomed the spiritual advice of a friend. Jesus has, in one way or another, called our names.

That shouldn’t be all that surprising. There’s a fair amount of scripture that tells of Jesus being in us. For example, in Galatians 2:20, Paul flatly said: “Christ lives in me.” In John 14:19-20, Jesus said: “Before long (referring to the crucifixion and resurrection), the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and your are in me, and I am in you.”

We are also told that the Holy Spirit dwells in us. (I Corinthians 3:16) See also Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:6.

It seems to me that if someone lives in us, there is likely to be communication from him.

Perhaps the bigger question is: “Do we hear Jesus when he calls our name?”

2 comments… add one
  • Judy April 25, 2017, 3:46 PM

    I have learned that it is so important that I listen for that voice. Praying and listening are different. I think those times of listening are the times that have helped me have true and holy direction.

    • John B. Phillips April 25, 2017, 4:26 PM


      What a great point–one that’s often forgotten! I love your phrase “true and holy direction.” Thanks.


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