Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2022. 7:15 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: In his Easter Message, Prime Minister John Briceño reminds Belizeans that “As we celebrate let’s take time to reflect on the meaning of these three days”.
“Easter time is a big holiday for Belizean families. Christian and non-Christian,” said the Prime Minister.
“We delight in our fish and crossed bun meals for Good Friday. Holy Saturday is for our sports enthusiasts. It’s a big day for the Cross-Country Cycling Classic in its 92nd year running. And, Easter Sunday is beach parties at the chosen spot for our family and friends gathering. The preferred choice is usually near one of our beautiful bodies of water… sea or river. The weekend begins with a mass exodus of the main city and town centers. We find a beautiful piece of our slice of heaven in Belize to pass the four-day weekend.”
However, the Prime Minister called on Belize not to forget the real reason for Easter.
“While those may take up a lot of our planning and focus, Easter is a Christian holiday of great sacrifice and love. Our Bible and religious teachings speak of God becoming Man through the birth of his son fulfilling God’s promise to send a Saviour … to save us from our sins. The teachings speak of a man with no sin who walked among us living a human life, having human needs and tendencies but without sin. We hear the story, and we cringe, how could a Father send his only Son to suffer such hardship for inequities, not his? That’s the sacrifice … His Son died for us to redeem that relationship with God because God so loved the world and His people. An unimaginable sacrifice for love … but the teaching did not end in death and defeat. Easter Sunday comes after Good Friday. Our Saviour, the Son of God, rose triumphantly from death, liberated us from our sins, and proved there is life after death in our Lord God and good does win over evil. Life abounds over suffering.”
The Prime Minister then spoke about the great suffering we’ve experienced over the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic which crushed our economy and messed up our lives.
“The past 2 years of the pandemic saw our people suffer unimaginably at the hands of the virus, the economy almost crushed, jobs foregone, school days interrupted, industries fractured, and lives of loved ones lost. Today we are creeping back. Our borders are open and people will travel to next-door neighboring countries once again,” said Prime Minister Briceño
“The Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed and we will gather again at our favorite local tourist spots and the bugle for the cycling classic will sound again. Debates about foreign versus local rider skills will be heard again and our people will feel liberated from this suffering that seemed almost too long.”
Prime Minister Briceño closed his Easter Message by making a call for reflection.
“So, as we celebrate let’s take time to reflect on the meaning of these three days, of this Triduum. Let’s reflect on the sacrifices we can make for the love of family, community, and country… and in our sacrifice for love in our human fashion, we give thanks for the spiritual sacrifice and renewal this season gifts us.”
“Happy Easter my fellow Belizeans. Celebrate safely in love with your family and friends.”
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