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, March 12, 2014

Return to The Lord with your whole heart for He is gracious and merciful.

It was indeed a good second night at the 2014 Lenten Mission last evening. The topic for the evening was about being touched by God. Fr. Kenny had everyone's attention as he delivered a very powerful message. By participating in the sacraments we have all been touched one way or another by God. For me, the sacrament of reconciliation has certainly been neglected by many who would find every excuse to avoid it, even at the expense of avoiding the touch of God on our hearts.

As Lent calls for renewal and repentance, we are told of the story of Jonah who had initially tried to get out of doing God's will, but eventually followed through on the instructions of God by announcing to the people of Nineveh that their city was going to be destroyed in forty days. The King and people of Nineveh believed and turned away from their evil ways thus avoiding the wrath of God to come upon them. We too are called to turn away from sin and repent, thereby allowing God's mercy to rest on us.

What usually prompts us to seek forgiveness, to repent? If you thin about it, it is probably quilt of wrong doing, and on many instances because we got caught or are close to being revealed. In the Gospel, the crowd demands a sign from Jesus, that they may believe in Him, but Jesus refuses to give a sign. During the time of Jonah, he was able to get the Ninevites to repent through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, by the instructions of God, so it is unfortunate that the the people present among Jesus, God in the flesh, would not repent unless they see a sign.

We are all called to repentance. Let this Lenten season be a time of frequent reconciliation through the sacrament of penance. God wants us all to seek His forgiveness. He will not hold any transgressions over our heads when we have brought them before Him and laid them at the foot of the cross. As it is written: "It is I, I, who wipe out, for my own sake, your offenses; your sins I remember no more." Isaiah 43:25.

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