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Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

Romero and Resurrection (Scroll down for English)
Oscar Romero fue nombrado Arzobispo de El Salvador en 1977, en tiempos de conflicto. Roma pensaba que fue un hombre callado y estudioso quien no iba a ser involucrado en el político. Pero, de repente, todo cambió. Rutilio Grande, un sacerdote jesuita y amigo del Msr. Romero fue asesinado por su ministerio cerca de los campesinos pobres quienes estaban clamando por libertad de la pobreza. Grande y Romero no fueron Comunistas. Sospecharon que Marx no creía en Dios ni en la agencia humana, pero en la lucha de los pobres escucharon la llamada de Jesus para cuidar “los hermanos mas pequeños.” Cuando asesinaron a Grande, Romero se puso furioso. Empezó a declarar que los militares y el gobierno tenían que “cesar la represión.” Romero predico por el radio, y acompañó al pobre. En el día de 24 de Marzo, 1980, solo tres años después de ser creado como arzobispo, Romero fue asesinado como mártir. Los espantos hubieron llegando hace meses. Antes de ser asesinado Romero dijo, “Si me matan, resucitaré en el pueblo Salvadoreño.” Entendió su muerte potencial, y porque tenia fe en la resurrección, sabia que la muerte no fue el final.
La muerte de Msgr. Romero empezó la guerra civil. El pueblo reclamo su voz. Un mes a partir de hoy vamos a celebrar la Pascua, la fiesta de la resurrección. Que Santo Oscar y toda/os que han muerto por el Reino de Dios nos inspira para vivir para los demás.
English Translation:
Oscar Romero was chosen as Archbishop of El Salvador in 1977 at a time of great conflict. Rome thought he was a quiet bookworm who wouldn’t make trouble. But soon after his election, a close friend of Romero’s, a Jesuit named Rutilio Grande, was assassinated for his work with campesinos who sought freedom from poverty. Grande and Romero were no communists. They were suspicious of Marx’s denial of God and of human agency, but they heard in the cries of the poor the call of Jesus to care for the “least of these.” When Grande was killed, Romero was outraged. He began demanding that the military and the government “cease the repression!” Romero preached on the radio, and stood with the poor. On March 24, 1980, just three years after being named archbishop, Romero was assassinated, martyred. The threats had been coming for months. Before he died Romero said famously, “If they kill me, I will resurrect in the Salvadoran people.” He understood his own potential death. Because he had faith in Christ’s resurrection, he knew death wasn’t the end of the story.
Romero´s death set off the Salvadoran Civil war. The people rose up to claim their own voice. One month from today, we will celebrate Easter, the feast of the Resurrection. May Oscar, and all those who have laid down their lives for the sake of the Kingdom of God, inspire us to live for others.

Mike Angell

Appointed readings for today: Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, Luke 16:19-31


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