Holy Name Day! On the eighth day of Jesus’s incarnate life, he was circumcised and thereby committed to the Covenant of Abraham as a faithful and faith-filled Jew. And the baby was given the name “Jesus” — which is our English rendering of the Hebrew “Yehshua,” like the English name Joshua.

The name is by juxtaposition, the sacred Hebrew four-letter name for God, which is the holy name of the Divine conveyed to Moses out of the burning Bush on Mount Sinai.