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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.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Separating the sheep from the goat.

Unfortunately when kids sit the entrance exam to a new school, they are placed on a list from top scores to lowest. The students are they placed in classes according to the brightest to the not so brightest, I know it's difficult for some to understand and accept, but it is actually for the benefit of all the students. Some students learn more quickly than others while some need a bit more time to grasp the concept of a subject matter.


Leading up to today's Gospel reading, the first reading taken from Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 has Moses telling the people that they are to be Holy just as God is Holy. He further goes on to tell them that what they must not do, "You shall not steal, You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor and so on, but what he says last sums it all up and that is: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” Without love of neighbor how can we say that we love God, how can we not do those things that Moses is telling the people not to do if we do not love God, for if we love God then we will truly know right from wrong and know how to act, which takes us to the  Gospel taken from Matthew 25:31-46.

In the Gospel Jesus tells the disciples that when He returns in His glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. Jesus then goes on to say that he will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep will go to the right and the goats to the left. If you took care of those who were not able to care for themselves as Jesus had instructed us to do them you would inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, however if you neglected to do those things (gave me food to the hungry, drink to those thirsty, welcomed a stranger, clothed the naked, cared for the ill and visited those in prison) then you, being the goats on the left will be sent into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. As much as some people would believe that a loving God would not send anyone to hell, we must realize that our own actions have sent us there, not God.


We are pilgrims on this earth, who are journeying to one day meet God face to face, when we await those words that our heart so long to hear: Well done my good and faithful servant. With the gifts and talents that God has given us we are "all" called to help those in need. The Church is always looking for members to step up to the plate to offer assistance. One day we will all be either on the right or on the left, the choice is ours.

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