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T&T is ravaged by crime, violence and sin and leaders must ask themselves what have they done to make the country better, Roman Catholic priest Father David Khan said yesterday.
In his sermon during Corpus Christi Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando, Father Khan said too often people remember only the bad things about the country rather than think about the good things.
He said positive actions lead to positive outcomes, while negative things have destructive consequences and urged parishioners to take account of their actions.
Referring to the Trinity Hills discovered by Christopher Columbus, he said, “This land from the very beginning of rediscovery was blessed. But what have we done for this blessed land? Most of us in leadership positions are leading the young, what have we done to this land? Whether we like it or not Trinidad and Tobago God has blessed us.”
Father Khan emphasised the responsibility of leaders, particularly those who influence young people, to consider their role in shaping the country.
“This nation was one of the richest nations of the Caribbean and what have we done with the blessings? That is why many people often say, is Trinidad a real place? Yes, it is a real place! A place that is ravaged by crime, violence and sin because we do not want to face reality,” he said.
Speaking to criminals and law-abiding citizens alike, Father Khan said, “Remember that what we sow is what we are going to reap. We need to uproot the wrong things and start back planting good things. It has to begin with you and me. Are we doing the things we are called to do?”
Father Khan acknowledged the tradition of planting for Corpus Christi in T&T and used the analogy of planting to describe people’s actions and the outcomes they yield.
“Good and bad seeds are given when we go out to plant and when we go out to plant we know the good seeds will yield a good harvest and the bad seeds will not. In good you will yield good but if you decide to corrupt the soil and plant bad things, you have really chosen to go down a path straight to hell,” he added.
Emphasising personal accountability, Father Khan reminded the congregation that blaming God for the consequences of one’s choices is misplaced. He said people must not give in to temptation and peer pressure.
“God is preparing us. Even if the soil is not good, make it good! Repent. If people come to plant bad seeds in your soil, do not give in to the temptation. Tell them, ‘No, you are not welcome here,” he urged.
He encouraged individuals to resist temptation and peer pressure, reminding parishioners that T&T is a land of love and unity.
Following the sermon, parishioners took part in a procession to mark the Corpus Christi celebrations.