BendAburu Alert..... Excerpts of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, message on Ash Wednesday 1979 is still relevant to Kenyans today. Shot fat
Excerpts of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, message on Ash Wednesday 1979 is still relevant to Kenyans today. Shot fatally at the altar, in the middle of mass, he spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture in El Salvadore.
Homily of March 4, 1979.
Dear sisters and brothers,
The season that just began with Ash Wednesday is the most important one of the Christian calendar.
In the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lenten season which goes on till Easter. The essence of Lent is to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter and the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ. Lent seeks to awaken in the heart of every Christian a keen awareness of what it means to be a Christian.
When people think of Lent, most think of this as a time of fasting or abstaining: I am giving up “x” for Lent. But these acts are not meant to be tests of willpower, they are meant to prompt self-examination and reflection.
Fasting, as Jesus fasted in the desert, is a practice shared across many world religions, and is intended to promote a proper sense of priorities and develop self-discipline. For Lent, the goal is to leave a stronger and more vital person of faith than when we entered.
Let us therefore prepare, dear sisters and brothers in all the communities and all the parishes, for Easter. In the center of all this preparation, naturally, is the risen Christ, but in today’s gospel we meet the Christ who Saint Mark says was «driven by the Spirit into the desert» (Mark 1:12). Let us also enter into the desert with him, impelled by the same renewing Spirit.
The desert is a figurative way of describing this season of prayer and austerity and renewal. If there is any country that is a desert in need of prayer and renewal, it is ours! <<<sound like CORRUPTION in Kenya too needs prayer>>> How wonderful it would be if all Salvadorans <<<read Kenyans>>> were to use this season of Lent for introspection! We are all responsible for the evil <<<corruption>>> that our country is suffering, but we want to put the blame on others without examining ourselves.
Lent is an invitation to enter the desert with Christ and reflect on ourselves.
All of us are called to evaluate our fidelity to the Lord, and if we have the misfortune of being among the sinners, then let us do penance.
This is the kind of Lent we must celebrate, dear sisters and brothers, and that’s why it is worth our while to see how Christ experienced his Lent in the desert, for he is not some character isolated from our reality.
This Christ of Lent of 1979 is everything for us, the people of God here in El Salvador <<< Kenya >>>; he is our church, he is our country, he is the situation of our people. This is the reality of Lent in 1979.
Have a reflective Lent dear brothers and sisters.