"Jesus spent the night in prayer, and whe day came, he called his disciples to himself" (Luke 6:12).
Names held a special significance in the Bible. Someone's name contained their vocation and the grace to complete it. When Jesus called his disciples to himself, he was also identifying their role in his ministry. To be called by Jesus was to receive the power to do what he had called you to do.
This was evident for those who actually received new names, like Simon, who became Peter. But all of the disciples were chosen with a special purpose in mind and after a night of prayer on the mountain. Jesus knew those he wanted because he had already seen them in the presence of God.
Parents name their children with something of this same dynamic in mind. They want their children to be unique, to be successful, to be an extension of the family story and its heroes. Our names hold the power of their hopes for us, and we often carry the promises of the past in our names.
Christianity is all about networks of relationships. Baptized into Christ, we are united to him and to every other baptized person. We live out our lives in communities of faith, find our vocations in the webs of relationships that support us and invite us to serve the greater good. Even if we feel small and insignificant, we are being carried and guided by the larger mystery of our identity as members of the Body of Christ.
Each of has a secret name known only to God, and it describes the person we are meant to become. Even as we make our pilgrimage on earth, God has already seen us in glory. This is our destiny, to become our real selves before God. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, drawing us forward toward this destiny, even our mistakes and sins along the way. As long as we "keep our eyes on the prize," we are bound for life in Christ in the Trinity.