As the news of the rescue of Natalie Pollonais from the grasp of her kidnappers lit up the social and traditional media, the country breathed collectively in relief. The terror that had filled the minds of families at the thought of how easily one of their own could have been the target of evil minds was finally alleviated, if only for a while. Prayers of joy and thankful praise spread from blog to blog that a wife, a mother, a friend, a parishioner had been restored to her family and her community.
It is painfully ironic that, if preliminary reports are true, her ordeal resulted from her compliance with the instructions of men who spoke with the voice of authority of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks: “…who do you say I am?”. The voice that she heard was a legitimate one but it spoke with false intent, betraying the motto which they had sworn to honour: To Protect and Serve with Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence (PRIDE).