NBCC XIII – Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive
The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) convenes a national congress every five years. Each one renews and develops our mission with a Pastoral Plan. The next congress will be held July 20-23, 2023 at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Maryland.
Scriptural Basis for the Theme:
Habakkuk 2:2-4 – “Then the LORD answered me and said: ‘Write down the vision; Make it plain upon tablets, so that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is a witness for the appointed time, a testimony to the end; it will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late. See, the rash have no integrity; but the just one who is righteous because of faith shall live.’”
In the prophecy of Habakkuk, the prophet complains to God about injustice in Judah and wonders when God will address it. God responds with telling the prophet to write down what God reveals and send heralds to proclaim it. The vision is God’s vision. God promises that His justice and truth will prevail. Those who trust in God and God’s promises will survive the difficulties ahead. This act of trust is not a passive action. It is a proactive endeavor that asserts that strive to live according to the truth that God reveals is never in vain. The prophecy of Habakkuk ends with praise for what God is doing and will do.