Saturday, December 16, 2017

A time for forgiveness

President’s Easter Message:


RESPECT FOR LIFE: President Anthony Carmona

Mark Fraser

 Easter is a time to show forgiveness, President Anthony Carmona said yesterday in extending  Easter greetings to the country.

In a news release, Carmona said: “Leaders and citizens the world over, would do well to consider the true message of Easter.  As we ourselves celebrate this year’s Easter, let us not forget the personal sacrifice made by others to provide us with the liberty we enjoy and share today.  Let us undertake to do our part to bring about greater respect for life and to foster reconciliation and lasting forgiveness in our communities.  This is a responsibility that should be shared by each and every one of us notwithstanding our respective creed, race and religious belief.  

The message of Easter creates the perfect atmosphere for us to leave our flawed ways behind and demonstrate the true meaning of Christian love.  It is indeed a time to forgive those who may have done us wrong.”

He added, “We need to speak with a disciple’s tongue and speak a language of compassion to the less fortunate, the down-trodden and those with broken spirits.  The power of Easter lies in the eternal message of forgiveness and hope for a better life, physically and spiritually.  We need to live up to our end of the contractual relationship with God to do good and be good unreservedly and unconditionally.  Every day we should strive to become better persons, not greater persons, than we were the day before.”

Carmona also pointed out, “The celebration of the Easter Season has long been associated with new beginnings.  It commemorates the defining event of the Christian faith—the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his death by crucifixion.  

Coming as it does at the end of the Lenten Season, associated with self-sacrifice, prayer and introspection after the largesse of the Carnival period, Easter has become synonymous with forgiveness and redemption.  

Easter however, holds an even deeper message for us all.  It speaks to us about humility despite possessing great power, a humility that is not feigned for a moment but which is a way of life.  It tells us of the virtue of temperance in the face of decadence.  It chronicles the passage and celebration of the exemplary life of Jesus Christ who demonstrated the power of forgiveness and salvation in the face of undeserved humiliation and atrocity.”