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 6, 2014

The world or God, the choice is ours.

Stop watching what others have because you don't know how they got it! These words play over and over in my head thanks to my better half. She is a wise woman indeed. Sometimes I think she gets "the hope of having a better way of life mixed up with wanting what someone else has," but she is my rock who keeps my feet planted on the ground; she completes me. Do I actually break the tenth commandment?

The commandments were handed down so that we can live a life pleasing to God. It is necessary that we abide by them just as instructed by Moses to the Israelites. As my wife's words pop into my head I sometimes find myself questioning my true motives. Do I wish I had someone else's life or possessions or do I just believe that I can do the same if I really wanted, but at what cost? It then becomes apparent that not all that glitter is gold.

I can very well say that I haven't stolen or coveted my neighbor's wife or even killed, but it doesn't stop there now does it? We are practically walking sinners, almost like walking zombies who are all capable and actually do sin.  As we consider the laws of God, Psalm 1:1-2 exclaims "blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, but delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night." We are called to meditate on God's law day and night.

During this 2014 Lenten season we look to the cross as our comfort that our sins are not impossible to beat and overcome. Jesus reminds us that we are to take up our crosses daily and follow Him. We are weak indeed, but God knows this and awaits are return back to Him. As I sit once again and watch Sister Act 2 for the umpteenth time I notice how much faith the nuns of the covenant have in God regardless of the circumstances. With the school about to close the nuns know that it will all work out and sure enough it does. Our cross can be much more difficult to bear, even causing us to lack faith in any positive outcome, but Jesus wants us to follow Him to the end. Our crosses are there to strengthen us by placing our trust and faith in God.

It's very difficult not to look at another's success and accomplishments and believe that God can bless you with that and more if it is indeed His will. Pondering and wishing, and being envious of another's possessions on the other hand is crossing that line that treads into that commandment we hardly think about, but it can take us by surprise if we're not called out on it. I'm happy I have someone to keep me on track and to remind me never to put my cross down for a moment.

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