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, March 13, 2014

Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

As a child, it does not take much to believe in God, especially if you prayed to Him for something and you felt as though He granted it. The first time I truly believed and put my faith and trust in the power of prayer was when my father was working late and I really wanted him to come home to take us for a drive. I prayed and asked and sure enough he came home and took us for our family drive. You can call it coincidence, I call it "answered prayers."

Recently at our joint Stations of the Cross service with St. George's Anglican Church a lady was ask to give a reflection on her life changing experience through her encounter with God. While on a vacation trip to Florida she became ill and ended up in the hospital; she ended up having surgery while there. While recovering out of hospital and still away from home the wound developed an infection thus sending her back to the hospital. She tells us that she was in ICU for 42 days not knowing what was going on or that she was even there (it lead me to believe that she was either on a ventilator or unconscious).

During the forty two days she was there she had many people praying for her, the doctors did not believe that she would make it and asked the family to call whoever needed to be called and have them come to say their goodbyes. The Parish Priest, Fr. Knowles, also went to see her and pray for her. It was only when her niece came to see her, having prayed for her while in The Bahamas that her condition changed. While praying over her aunt, the niece began to say "auntie open your eyes, auntie open your eyes, auntie you need to open your eyes." At that moment the aunt said that air filled her lungs and she began to breath on her own and she opened her eyes. After being told how long she was unconscious and in somewhat of a better state to go home, she requested an Air Ambulance to take her back where she would prefer to die if it was God's will. Well that was not God's will because she stood in our presence giving testimony to her healing.

Again, some may say that it was coincidence or just fate, but I say that was a miracle. Prayers to God through the intercession of her family members were answered, why can't we just accept that? In the Gospel reading today Jesus said "ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." The parishioner's niece asked and prayed and her aunt's life was saved. It can also be said that the niece exclaimed these words from the Psalms: "I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth; in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise; I will worship at your holy temple and give thanks to your name." She knocked on the door and it opened indeed.

God wants to heal us, to feed us, to shelter us and to care for us, all He requires is that we ask and believe. God will grant us what we need, not what we want. I've prayed to God that I win the lottery, but it hasn't happened yet (I'm guessing you have to play to win). God knows what we need before we even ask for it, but it is still necessary that we speak with Him. As a parent I too know what my children need long before they ask, but it is important that we dialogue so that I can hear their reason and desire for why they need what they are seeking.

When thinking of what to ask God for, consider the story of Solomon where God said to him: "Whatever you ask, I will give you." At that Solomon replies: "You have shown great favor to David my father, and you have made me king to succeed him. Now, LORD God, may your word to David my father be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me, therefore, wisdom and knowledge to govern this people, for otherwise who could rule this vast people of yours?" So you see, it isn't wise to ask God for material things, but rather, whatever is necessary to build up God's kingdom. Solomon got it and so can we!

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