Juliet’s blog post reminded me of part of a sermon I preached in 2018 on Philippians 3v1-11 and I spoke on our new identity in Christ, not based on our ethnicity, sex, nationality, nor outward physical symbol, and we have a new name.

In TS Elliot’s poem about the naming of cats he describes cats as having three names, we might think of them as identities:

Firstly, the name that the family uses daily,

Then a name particular to that cat – that only he has. A name that he cherishes and gives him pride.

Finally, a name that no human research can discover – as the poem says:

His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation

Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name

His ineffable effable


Deep and inscrutable singular name.

Just like the cats in the poem we have a name that God has given us that no one else can discover, a name that reaches to the centre of our very being in Christ.

Paul Arnold