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To be empowered and inspired in our Christian lives, we must identify with the name of Jesus. John Chrysostom (347-407), the bishop of Constantinople, acknowledged this in his Homily 4 on the gospel of Matthew. He preached on God's empowerment of Joseph as he participated in the nativity. Chrysostom wrote that God said to Joseph. "You never touched the virgin. Nevertheless I am giving you what pertains to a father. I give you the honor of giving a name to the one who is to be born. For you, Joseph, shall name him." The name given to the child of Mary was Jesus.

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