a new name which no one knows… the hidden manna

There is this verse at the end of the Bible – Revelation 2: 17 – which says “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.'” I have always taken some comfort in that promise – the notion that the labels and categories which we continue to use as markers of our identity – child, husband, Dr., unemployed, victim, hopeless – are overturned by a name that serves as ‘hidden manna’.

Today is one of those days when I could use some ‘hidden manna’ and a name which is larger than categories and deeper than titles. As I dialogue around titles and job descriptions I become more and more frustrated with the need to define and delimit people – why can’t we simply ‘be’ with one another? Why has our sense of civility continued to draw its understand of community from Greco-Roman goverance where levels of importance and percieved skill set come before authentic engagement?


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