We have become a nation mired in disrespect.
This was the view of Archbishop Jason Gordon during the Good Friday Passion of The Lord Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Port-of-Spain.
“Our country has become a country of deep disrespect. Very deep disrespect, we disrespect each other in such brutal ways,” said the Archbishop, who said he noticed that many interactions between people and even those between media practitioners and the public held a tone of scant respect.
“I am appalled sometimes at the very tone of the media in the way they talk about people and talk to people,” said Gordon during his homily, who offered the view that this culture of disrespect towards each other had been in bred in our family units.
“The level of disrespect that starts in the family with how we talk to each other in the family that really starts from so young for people to experience total disrespect that the name calling that we give and the shaming that we do of members of our family.
“Allyuh know what I talking about? Y’all know what I talking bout?” said the Archbishop.
The local head of Catholic Church, however, felt this culture of disrespect may have been passed down through several generations.
“As I said yesterday, I believe it comes from our ancestral wound, I believe that. I believe it’s the soul wound of our nation, the levels of disrespect that we give to each other. But what I want to say to you today is that there is no soul wound Jesus Christ cannot heal. “
Gordon said the people of the country did not act like they had been saved by Jesus Christ when he sacrificed himself for the sins of the world, as he pointed to the lack of charity given to the less fortunate and the migrant community.
“Do we live like a people who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. Do we live by other people who have been loved by Jesus Christ?” asked Archbishop Gordon who added: “When I see the naked, the hungry, the homeless when I see the refugee and the migrant who have nothing will probably get nothing. What do I do brothers and sisters? Do I close my eyes and my ears and walk on by and say nothing and hope somebody helps them?. What is the nature of love? That’s what this evening means to us.“
Earlier in the day, the Archbishop kept to his word about having the Catholic church stick to guidelines on restricted gatherings, as he staged a solitary procession along the Brian Lara Promenade to re-enact Christ’s Stations of the Cross.
Along the way he was asked about his adherence to restrictions by a bystander along the promenade when there was an expectancy of large gatherings along the beaches, to which Gordon said, “That’s them and this is me.”
While officiating a Mass last week, Archbishop Gordon chided the flouting of regulations by some parishes after reports emerged that a COVID-19 case originated in the church.