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.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Do not tell anyone!

My former priest use to always tell us (his congregation) that in order to keep a secret you should only tell two people; yourself and God. If someone would ask him not to tell anyone what they were about to tell him, he would tell him to keep it to themselves. If the same story is told to two or more people with the same instructions not to tell anyone someone is bound to spill the beans.

In the Gospel of Mark today Jesus heals a leper of leprosy, then gives him instructions not to say a word to anyone. Does the leper do what Jesus instructed?Overwhelmed by his healed body the man goes around telling everyone what had taken place. We hear stories of lottery winners, where the ticket holder asks his immediate family members not to say anything to others about his winnings, but we all know how that story turned out.

God continues to heal in profound ways;  by physical, emotionally and spiritual healing, yet unlike the leper, we are encouraged to tell others of all that God has done for us. When God frees us of our habitual sins we should go out and share with others the freedom of slavery from sin that only God can release us. Unlike the leper in the Gospel today we see in Luke 8:39 quite the opposite instruction given to a man possessed by a demon, "return home and recount what God has done for you. The man went off and proclaimed throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him."

Telling your story of how you were saved can be a blessing to others, but most of all we give God the honor and glory for His saving power.  Some may be afraid to share the good news in fear of being mocked or ridiculed for assuming God could save such a sinner. God wants to save each and everyone one of us, so much so that He sent His only Son to die for our sins. Witnessing is all of our responsibility, regardless of where we have come from as sinners as we are told in the story about the Samaritan lady at the well who is asked by Jesus for a drink of water;  "Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 'Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ? (John 4:28-29)."

Who can tell your story better than you; you know every detail of where you have come from and to where Christ has bought you. It's sad when we hold back from others the gift of freedom that God has granted to us through His life giving water. The Samaritan woman at the well did not keep her experience with Jesus to herself, likewise the leper went out and told everyone what Jesus did for him. Will you tell others of Jesus or will you "not tell anyone?"

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