As Chairman of the United National Congress I would like to offer warm and sincere Easter greetings to the Christian Community and by extension all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago as the World prepares to observe this very solemn but meaningful celebration. Easter which represents the most significant time in the Christian Calendar as it demonstrates the true love of God who was willing to give his only begotten son also signifies renewed life, everlasting Love and hope for the Christian Community and presents many lessons which our society can learn from in an effort to enhance each other’s life.
Easter comes at the end of the Lenten Period which is a time of fasting, repentance and preparation for this holy time. It is important that those who undertook the discipline and commitment of giving up of their personal needs as a sacrifice and show of love for a greater purpose be commended for these acts but also urged to use this same discipline of personal sacrifice to work towards a better society. Like each religious observance in our nation we celebrate the victory of Good over evil, and Easter is no different as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ which represents life conquering death but more so we celebrate Jesus’s selfless- sacrifice.
As Jesus waited in the Garden of Gethsemane to be arrested by the Romans he said “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus selflessly gave up his own wishes to accomplish the desires of his father. It is so too we as citizens in a nation plagued by the crisis or constant Crucifixion of crime, poverty, neglect, underdevelopment and societal decay must give up our own personal desires and pursue those goals which can positively impact our fellow man.
As a nation let us learn the act of being self-less this Easter as we sacrifice of our time, resources, wealth and even some of our aspirations to enable others to become successful and prosperous.
This Easter it is important that the heads of Households remember their responsibilities to the family by working to sacrifice their time to spending with their loved ones, while this season also calls upon us to volunteer and assist those vulnerable members of our nation who may be without the basic necessities and even a caring assistance.
The most critical demographic in our nation who must adhere to the principle of sacrifice this Easter is our nation’s leaders and those in authority. It is key if our nation is to recover from its slump those in authority must forego their pride, ego and attempts towards personal gain. I take this time to remind our nation’s Government of the everyday burden our citizen’s face and I urge them to please make sacrifice those projects and policies which have been aimed at their own Political gain and enact measures which can truly benefit and improve the standard of living of each and every citizen.
My Hope is that this Easter season not simply be holiday in the lives of our citizens but rather a time of reflection on how we can move hand in hand as a nation to obtain true National Development and unity.
Dr. David Lee,
Chairman, United National Congress & Member of Parliament for Pointe-a-Pierre.