This weekend, as Christians in Trinidad and Tobago and millions around the world celebrate Easter, I am mindful of the powerful messages of hope and renewal of this religious event.
Easter follows a period of reflection, fasting and prayer, and celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can all learn from the teachings and life of Jesus Christ, of the principles of sacrifice, compassion, charity and forgiveness – values that we should all celebrate and share. The message of the Resurrection is that we have been given a new opportunity to reach out to those in need with kindness, hope and love.
During this sacred time, we must pause and reflect on where we are in terms of our national development, and we must all be conscious of the importance of family, of harmony and goodwill.
We are truly blessed in Trinidad and Tobago, to live in a country that embraces so many different cultures, and religions. However, we must also take a moment to consider all those in our nation who may be troubled, whether it is anxiety over the safety and security of their loved ones, or concerns over their health and wellbeing.
We must keep in our hearts and minds those who are suffering, as thousands of our citizens have lost their jobs and are finding it difficult to provide for their families. These are challenging times, but we in the Opposition remain hopeful that by working together, we can build a stronger, more prosperous Trinidad and Tobago.
This Easter, I call on the people of our nation to be inspired by Christ, and pledge to work together, to do your part to help your fellow citizens, to Love thy neighbour. A collective effort is needed, and I also call on the country’s leaders to take this time to listen to the people and take necessary action to correct the problems facing us, including arresting the spiralling crime rate, rebuilding the economy, and ensuring that our citizens have access to proper health care.
This Easter, let us recommit to advancing our nation-building efforts; let us undertake to be kind, and to treat each other with respect and compassion.
On behalf of my family, the United National Congress political party and the Members of the Opposition, I send my best wishes to the Christian community and to all citizens for a happy and safe Easter.
May God Bless our nation.
14th April, 2017