God Has Called You by Name!

Isaiah 43:1

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Back in the 80s, the US and USSR cut some sort of deal where Gorbachev and Reagan each had a crack at addressing the peoples of both nations in a speech.  Afterward, the media of both countries interviewed Soviet and American citizens for their impressions.  One Russian’s remarks remain in memory.  He said, “When Gorbachev speaks, he sounds like he’s talking to a million people; when your President speaks, he sounds like he’s talking to you.”  God understands this elementary principle of decent communication and expresses it in today’s Scripture.  God does not think in terms of statistics, demographics and generalities.  You are not some ingredient in a sociological trend.  You are a person, known to him by name and beloved in all your uniqueness.  Take a few minutes reflect on that fact and then thank God for loving you as a person and for calling you—-you yourself—-by name.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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