The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Recap of day 2 of Lenten Mission 23 Feb 2010

Topic: "Personal Conversion and Repentance"

Pope John Paul II stood by the Holy Year door in St. Peter's Basilica and inaugurated the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. A Jubilee which prepares us spiritually to enter the next millennium of Christianity. For young people and the people who work with them, this time can be opportunity to deepen our faith and renew our Christian witness.

We see from the Holy Father's document "Incarnationis Mysterium" that if we focus upon the door is to recall the responsibilities of every believer to cross the threshold. We are meant to gain the "courage" to leave something behind.
I will be a door to a new start, a new beginning for ourselves and for our relationship with God and neighbor. So that there may be a renewed commitment to Christian witness in the world of the next millennium, let faith be refreshed, let hope increase and let charity exert itself still more.
Reflecting on our topic this evening Luke 15:7 states "I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance".

The Scribes and Pharisees just can't seem to get it. They did not know how to cross the threshold of the open door by Christ. They knew the law but was corrupt.

We learn that the Greek word for repent is "metanoia". We should therefore repent and live the good news.

Touching on Ezekiel 11:19-20 we see the need for repentance so as to avoid a heart of stone.

"I will give them a new heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the stony heart from their bodies, and replace it with a natural heart, so that they will live according to my statutes, and observe and carry out my ordinances; thus they shall be my people and I will be their God.
Having a heart of stone is no joking matter. Someone with such a heart does not hear the calling of God. Their heart no longer hates sin and they are not repulsed by sin.

Ezekiel ministered to his generation who were both exceedingly sinful and thoroughly hopeless. By means of his prophetic ministry he attempted to bring them to immediate repentance and to confidence in the distant future.

Ezekiel 9:1-7 shows where instruction was given to place a mark on the foreheads of all those who hate the sin there. The mark placed on the forehead was more than likely a cross. We are taught that Judgment begins in the household of God. We are the temples of God. It should be no surprise that we should rightfully hate sin. We should always stay away from hating the individual who have sinned as we fall into judging, but rather try to see ourselves in the sins of others.

The battlefield begins in our hearts and minds.

The Cookoo bird by Tom Edwards

The Cookoo bird lives in England. In spring time the bird looks for the nest of a thrush bird so that it may lay it eggs. While the thrush bird it is out, the Cookoo bird swoops in and lays it's egg and leaves. The thrush bird returns only to not notice a change in the amount of eggs she is now sitting on. When the eggs hatch the Cookoo bird eats the majority of the meals that is brought by the parent bird, thereby getting bigger while the others eventually die.

In each one of us there is two nests, two natures (the flesh vs the spirit)-which one are you feeding. I pray that it is your spirit. rely more and more on the power of the Holy Spirit to become more and more like Jesus. Or are we just in a plateau of growth.

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