Daily Meditation for March 24, 2010

by Rita Kunkel, OSB

March 24 marks the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. In a period of political unrest, social injustice and violence in El Salvador, Archbishop Romero spoke out for civil and human rights, justice for the poor and for truth in government. He gave his life teaching the people and breaking the silence of the oppressed. What do we learn from this 20th century martyr? Do we recognize oppression around us? Are we aware of the needs of people at the food shelf and the soup kitchen? How do we respond to the concerns of the immigrant? Do we harbor ill-will in our hearts to persons not like us? Although we most likely will not be called to shed our blood, will we speak up for others? With voice and actions let us join one another declaring, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord!”