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The Profession of Faith

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cries out: “Woe is me! I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips.”

14

Before the divine signs wrought by Jesus, Peter exclaims: “Depart

fromme, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

15

But because God is holy,

he can forgive the man who realizes that he is a sinner before him:

“I will not execute my fierce anger . . . for I am God and not man,

the Holy One in your midst.”

16

The apostle John says likewise: “We

shall . . . reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts

condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows

everything.”

17

209

Out of respect for the holiness of God, the people of Israel do not

pronounce his name. In the reading of Sacred Scripture, the revealed name

(

Yhwh

) is replaced by the divine title “

Lord

” (in Hebrew

Adonai,

in Greek

Kyrios

). It is under this title that the divinity of Jesus will be acclaimed:

“Jesus is

Lord

.”

“A God merciful and gracious”

210

After Israel’s sin, when the people had turned away from

God to worship the golden calf, God hears Moses’ prayer of inter-

cession and agrees to walk in the midst of an unfaithful people,

thus demonstrating his love.

18

When Moses asks to see his glory,

God responds “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and

will proclaim before you my name ‘the

Lord

’ [

Yhwh

].”

19

Then the

Lord passes before Moses and proclaims, “

Yhwh

,

Yhwh

, a God

merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast

love and faithfulness”; Moses then confesses that the

Lord

is a

forgiving God.

20

211

The divine name, “I Am” or “He Is,” expresses God’s

faithfulness: despite the faithlessness of men’s sin and the punish-

ment it deserves, he keeps “steadfast love for thousands.”

21

By

going so far as to give up his own Son for us, God reveals that he

is “rich in mercy.”

22

By giving his life to free us from sin, Jesus

reveals that he himself bears the divine name: “When you have

lifted up the Son of man, then you will realize that ‘I Am.’”

23

14

Isa

6:5.

15

Lk

5:8.

16

Hos

11:9.

17

1 Jn

3:19-20.

18 Cf.

Ex

32; 33:12-17.

19

Ex

33:18-19.

20

Ex

34:5-6; cf. 34:9.

21

Ex

34:7.

22

Eph

2:4.

23

Jn

8:28 (Gk.).

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