Lent reflection for 24 March

Oscar Romero surrounded by young people and children.

Saint Oscar Romero, who was killed on this day in 1980.

“Did we not have these three men thrown bound into the fire?” 

Daniel 3:24

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refuse to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue and so he has them thrown into the fire. They are willing to lose their life rather than to compromise their beliefs. 

This reading seems particularly apt on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Oscar Romero. He was killed while saying Mass in El Salvador on this day in 1980.  

Romero refused to stay quiet in the face of inequality, injustice and increasing violence in his country. He was a brave defender of the poorest people and called on the army to stop killing innocent civilians. He did not stop speaking out, even when faced with death threats.  

I will rise again 

Just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego believed that they would be saved by God from the flames, Saint Oscar Romero said, “If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadorean people.” 

He was right, and today his legacy still lives on. His deep commitment to the poor and his passionate belief in justice inspires our work and that of countless people around the world.  

And so, today, inspired by the example of Saint Oscar Romero, let us speak out for what is right,

Lent prayer

God of justice, give me the courage to stand up for what I believe. May I speak your truth in all that I do and say, and amplify the voices of those who are vulnerable, persecuted or oppressed. Amen.  

Saint Oscar Romero, pray for us.

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