Tbilisi, June 8, 2015
Modern people do not want to work the soil and thus they abandon it – as a result foreigners begin to take over our land, said His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia during his Sunday sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, reports Geomigrant. The Patriarch was referring to the current trend in Georgia of agricultural land being sold to foreigners such as Turks and Chinese.
“Each period is notable for its own characteristics that could not be seen in the previous period. Today’s situation is different from earlier ones as well. Georgian people always liked to possess their own land, to toil, to cultivate it.
“Nowadays Georgian people tend to avoid working with earth, instead preferring to look for an income that does not involve manual labor. We read in the Psalms of David: Shew me Thy ways, o Lord; teach me Thy paths (Ps. 25:4). So we are asking God to show us the true path. And He replies: I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). But, instead of following the words of the Almighty, our young people are going abroad in order to work as servants there, while aliens are coming to our motherland and occupying our lands. Therefore, we are addressing ourselves to everybody and calling upon you all: do think seriously about yourselves, about your children, and about our future,” the Catholicos-Patriarch said.