Saturday 24 October, 2020

PM praises frontline workers in Good Friday message

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has called for unity among Trinidadians and Tobagonians inspired by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In his Good Friday message to the Christian community, Dr Rowley urged the public to reflect on the lessons Christ died trying to teach. This, as he acknowledged the frontline workers risking their lives to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

He said: “Let us hold on to that message of love and compassion as we go through our difficult, personal challenges and those of our nation knowing that the light Jesus promised will be there at the end, after this our nation’s very dark hour.”

“As Prime Minister, I see that love every day in the selflessness and commitment demonstrated in the on-the-job performances of our health, sanitation, security and essential workers, who hold to their duties in the face of the Covid-19 Virus pandemic.”

Dr Rowley noted that the frontline workers are setting the tone for the celebration of the joy of Easter and Jesus’ resurrection, which symbolises that brighter days are ahead.

He also remarked that through this COVID-19 pandemic, observers foresee a new world order filled with compassion as part of God’s plan to redeem the world.

As he wished members of the public a joyous day, the Prime Minister recalled how Christ died for everyone’s sins remembering him according to the Gospel, as a charismatic wanderer who preached and appealed for unity with God.

He said: “The story of his death on earth, which we commemorate today, is a tragic one, from which many lessons have been learnt over the past two thousand years.”

“It tells first of the support, then the indifference of his disciples, some even falling asleep during his darkest hour.  Later, one will kiss him, then betray him. Others will desert and deny him in those final moments of that hour.”

“Jesus we are reminded was wrongfully accused; his enlightened message, which pointed to love, compassion, and a higher consciousness for all humanity was deliberately distorted and mocked by his accusers.”

Dr Rowley said despite his humiliation and mob trial that led to Christ's nailing on the cross, the world's saviour showed temperance and forgiveness.

He added: “His call to us, to love our neighbour and even our enemies as we love ourselves, may be more significant today than any other period in modern history.”

"As the world turns, let us go forward with unity and confidence as Trinidadians and Tobagonians, inspired by what both the tragic death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ have shown us, and the belief that whatever challenge confronts our nation, ultimately there will be success and better days ahead."

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