You are called
Jonathan (rendered with British accent) is my name. However, I’m used to being called “Kuya J” or “Sir J.” Why? Because some of my friends end up pronouncing my name as Junatan or Juna-tan. So I’d rather be called by my nickname, “J.” Of course, I sometimes end up hearing “G” instead of “J.” Nevertheless, at least I know what name I’m called.
Curious, I researched on the background of my name. One meaning translates to “friend,” probably reminiscent of King David’s best friend, Jonathan, who risked life and limb just for their friendship. The other meaning is “gift of God.” Whoa! That’s a tall order. It’s only by God’s mercy that I even hope to fulfill either of my name’s meanings.
Friend, by what name are you called? Whether you know its origin or not, God has called us all by name. When Simon encountered Jesus, he received a new name, Peter, signifying his unique call in the Church. In faith and by God’s grace, he fulfilled the mandate of his name.