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, October 26, 2015

Yes, I did that!

Over the course of my adult married life I would have to say that I've probably spent more times at a hospital than the average person; there was always something going on that caused us to be there. When we walked through the door it almost seemed as though you heard the staff say "not the Knowles family again."

I recall this one time as I was approaching the stairs leading to the hospital a beggar asked for something to eat. My heart moved with pity and told him that I would be right back. I went directly to the cafe before going to my visit. I ordered a meal for him and was feeling good within myself that I did this deed until the lady asked me what sides I wanted. Why didn't I just tell her and move on, rather a small voice told me to say something that would break that feeling of doing a noble deed for someone less fortunate. The words "it doesn't matter because I'm getting this for someone who is outside begging for help." It was at that point that I recalled the scripture verse of almsgiving. I left the cafe feeling less proud of myself.

From that moment onward I try to do for others without making a spectacle of it, not letting my right hand know what my left hand is doing. Unfortunately today we see this kind of behavior all around us, in the media, in the newspapers, and far reaching across the social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many others. In the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin which devastated many of the southern islands of The Bahamas including San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Crooked Island, Acklins and Mayaguana I've seen similar practices by many who have provided overwhelming support.

Many local companies have come to the aid of those affected by Hurricane Joaquin. Through Facebook, companies have been sending out pleas to the general public to lend their support. However, as someone indicated on the social media network "Facebook" it seems as though many are using this devastation as a marketing scheme for their companies. As if it's not bad enough that an individual would brag about what they did for someone, companies are doing quite the same thing but in greater volume. Gone are the days when we helped our brothers and sisters without seeking something in return.

Our hearts have been corrupted by greed and temptations as I've learned from so many who believe in the principle of giving in order to receive, but at what cost? Even in times of hardship we find ways to feed off of someone's pain and suffering at our benefit. Friends have told me that the more you give the more you receive, yet their method comes across as misconstrued because the end result is not about the person they helped but rather about the gains from their donations. We have taken the teachings of Jesus and twisted them to our own benefit, as I was also told that you should associate yourselves with people of power and money as they can benefit you in the long run. I guess I will always be poor then because the rich that I know and myself have nothing much in common, especially as it relates to my faith beliefs.

Unfortunately, there are many who do for others with expectations of a favor being paid back in return. However, Jesus teaches us not to give with the hope of receiving payback as we recall his teachings in Luke 14:12. Jesus tells us that when we have a dinner or a supper do not invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors. Why would he say not to invite these people? Jesus replies, lest, they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But rather, Jesus put spokes in the wheels of those who seek payment for doing for others, by instructing us that when we hold a feast, that we should invite the poor, the maimed, the blind and the poor. Luke 14:13. That is a bummer for some who believe in the power of giving with the expectation of receiving.

So as you stop to do for others pause for a moment and evaluate whether you're doing it for all the right reasons or for self-satisfaction. There are many who are in need after the devastation effects of Hurricane Joaquin who are seeking our help, but give with an open heart, give when nobody's looking and give without expectations of getting back in return. It is then that our Father in Heaven sees and will reward in His time. To God Be The Glory, Now And Forever. Amen

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