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.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Many are invited, but few are chosen

The road works around the island of New Providence has so many on the edge that even if you want to yell at someone for cutting you off or for driving too slow you tend to hold back; just because you do not know the state of the individual behind the wheel of the other car. Stressful days on top of road rage does not sit well with anyone so it becomes necessary that we practice patience and humility. Fighting fire with fire should not be an option.

When my wife and I arrived at a party Saturday evening, I was greeted by a former teacher(now teaching at St. Agustine's College) who congratulated me for the good things she hears the PTA is doing at Aquinas College. Down playing it, I blamed my wife for the drive that I have recently acquired to propel the PTA's efforts. We (the PTA) were encouraged to keep up the good work. I understand that teachers stay in communication with teachers of other schools, but to know that they were talking about the efforts of the PTA body speaks volume for the work that we are doing that is obviously impacting others around the school system.

Did I walk away leaning on my wife because the size of my head made it difficult to keep my balance? Not a chance; I made it quite clear on numerous occasions that the PTA is not about me, the VP, Secretary, Treasurer or any other Executive member. It's about accomplishing the goals we set out for the entire school body. Humility is a virtue; by the New Advent's definition may be defined as "a quality by which a person considering his own defects has a lowly opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God's sake." I consider myself a servant to the school of Aquinas.

I continue to be encouraged as I try to always put my best foot forward in everything that I do, but not for my personal gain, rather to build up the great school of Aquinas. This past weekend the Gospel reading was taken from Matthew 22:1-14 where Jesus gives yet another interesting parable as he likens the Kingdom of God to a King who gave a wedding feast for his son.

The King sent his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. He sent another request and only a few came while others went their own way. After dealing with those who refused to come, the King sent the servants to the main roads to invite whoever they could find to invite. The hall ended up being filled with guests. The King then went around to meet the guests and came across a man who was not dressed in his wedding garment and had him thrown outside in the darkness, thus we hear the message' "many are invited, but few are chosen." All of us are invited to God's banquet feast, as salvation is meant for the entire world, but we must prepare ourselves and be ready for when He returns to take us home to that heavenly banquet.

As I think back to the day that I decided to take on the position as PTA President I recall not having any idea what a PTA President did, but I was determined to do my homework to ensure that I was prepared and ready for the challenge, opportunity and honour that was presented to me. The school invited me to this local banquet and I accepted the invitation, but it was up to me to ensure that I lived up to my own expectations and to exceed those of the school. Just as we prepare for an interview or for a job promotion, we should always be prepared and ready when we are called. When we are clothed in the garments of righteousness we will become thankful for God's deliverance and can echo the sentiments of Isaiah: "I will rejoice heartily in the LORD, my being exults in my God; for he has clothed me with garments of salvation, and wrapped me in a robe of justice." Isaiah 61:10. Many are invited, but few are chosen. 

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