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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.

Friday, July 15, 2011

My word shall not return to me void!

This past weekend as we celebrated our 38th year as an Independent nation we got a chance to hear Archbishop Pinder give the opening remarks at the Ecumenical service held on Fort Charlotte, July 9, 2011. His words were on point and very time appropriate. Prior to the revelation that the Archbishop was opening the event, I attended Saturday evening Mass, where we delved deep into the Word of God. From the first reading we learned from God that "His Word shall not return to Him void, but shall do His will." As still yet a young nation, are we on board with God's plan or have we veered slightly off course?
 
One can truly appreciate knowing that every where around the world Catholic Parishes are reading the same bible verses during Mass as we profess to be a Universal Church. Even some Churches of other denominations locally, follow the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar. I've proven it at my work place by speaking about what was preached only to learn that this other Church spoke on the same readings. After a bit of investigating it was revealed that the Pastor admitted to follow the weekly readings from the Catholic Church. I joke with my colleague that her Pastor is a Catholic in disguise.

As we peruse the readings from this past weekend, we can possibly extract from them a message as it relates to our country's position to date as an independent nation; where we have come and where we see ourselves going and how God fits into it. As we continue to profess our great little nation "The Bahamas" to be a Christian nation, we must live up to that claim. Evil is prevalent everywhere and it must be recognizable or we continue to be trapped into our sins only to be left behind when God's plan unfolds.

Are we prepared as a nation to put petty differences aside and take heed to the Word of God? We all have crosses to bear, some greater than others, however, left in the hands of Christ he can see us through them. Do not give into the lies of the devil, by believing that there is no way out. Who hasn't in life had a misunderstanding or disagreement with someone some time or another? It's how we choose to deal with it that puts us in favor with God or causes us to gradually drift away from Him. What part of the Parable of the Sower in the Gospel reading are you? Let's all strive to be those who hear the word, hold onto it and treasure what they have received.

Sin blinds us so profoundly, that the world is passing right before our eyes. As simple as making time to get into Church is a struggle. We fall for satan's tricks and lies by trying to make ourselves believe that we will go next week, but next week never comes. For some, the only time they step foot in the House of God is for weddings, funerals or special occasions. As an Anglican Priest indicated in his homily during a funeral I attended; "you can avoid Church as much as you like, but one day you're going to show up, one way or another:" Which way would you prefer?

There are no second chances for eternal life.We have been given the choice to follow Christ or be a slave to sin forever. Whether we are on board or not "God's Word shall not return to him void, but it will achieve its purpose to the end."

In testimony to our nation's 38th year as an Independent country, Archbishop Pinder's opening remarks at the recent Independence celebration hit home many excellent points, as we etched another chapter in our country's history, with room for improvement. To read Archbishop's remarks click here.

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