- 08 JUN 2023
Prime Minister’s Corpus Christi Message 2023
MESSAGE TO THE NATION
FROM DR THE HONOURABLE KEITH ROWLEY
PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
ON THE OCCASION OF CORPUS CHRISTI 2023
Fellow citizens today we celebrate with the members of the Roman Catholic church and other Christians the feast of Corpus Christi 2023, which acknowledges the bread and wine of the Holy Mass as a sacred representation of the Holy Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
The day, for many Christians, is one of deep reflection and prayer. To them, it is like a traveller, who returns to the homeland and discovers many aspects of life that were previously missed.
On this solemn day, some may encounter truths that were overlooked previously or may have escaped observation, during their spiritual journey — all in their search for a greater unity with the teachings of Christ.
Today, I extend greetings to the members of the Roman Catholic church and other Christians, as they worship the presence of the Almighty, who lives among us and silently, but actively shares our daily lives.
I extend these greetings on behalf of the Government and all people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, my family and myself, as Prime Minister.
It is my hope that Christians, absorbed today in reflection, meditation and prayer, may come to the realisation of that inner peace which they seek.
It is my further hope that they will then spread the message of selfless Love, and that we all will come eventually to the realisation that the Love which Christ preached holds the ingredient for a person’s health, prosperity, and true happiness.
We live in a country, and a world in need of that selfless Love; an era, too, which cries out for the positive qualities of temperance, patience, respect, kindness, courtesy, and sincerity, to be shared as part of our daily lives.
The events of our time call upon us to seek righteousness in our hearts, and beauty in our character, which could eventually be felt throughout our homes, spread through the nation-state of Trinidad and Tobago and added to world peace.
We must all be conscious of the fact that we hold full responsibility for our choices, our emotions, and our lives, yet God is ever present in our every action.
Today, share hands with those who pray, share their spirit, for you, too, live in a land of hope, tremendous opportunities, and further possibilities; bring that inner peace, and inner joy to your life, which we celebrate today.
Fellow citizens, may we all have a Holy Corpus Christi…also “go plant the land”.