Last March 24th was the day many Christians commemorated the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Óscar Romero who was the Arch Bishop of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador. Thirty-five years after his assassination at a mass he presided, his prophetic voice still needs to be circulated and heard. One article succinctly describes his life, “During the brutal regime in El Salvador in the 1980s where the military were oppressing the human rights of the citizens, Catholic Archbishop Romero was outspoken in defending the needs and rights of the poor. Romero gave many courageous speeches challenging the United State's support for the Salvadoran government and also calling on soldiers to disobey orders to fire on civilians.”
Becoming God’s microphone
"Each one of you has to be God's microphone. Each one of you has to be a messenger, a prophet. The church will always exist as long as there is someone who has been baptized... Where is your baptism? You are baptized in your professions, in the fields of workers, in the market. Wherever there is someone who has been baptized, that is where the Church is. There is a prophet there. Let us not hide the talent that God gave us on the day of our baptism and let us truly live the beauty and responsibility of being a prophetic people."
Having incarnational faith
“This is the commitment of being a Christian: following Christ in his incarnation. And if Christ is God in his majesty who becomes a humble man even to dying like a slave on the cross and who lives with the poor, that's what our Christian faith should be like. A Christian who doesn't want to live this commitment of solidarity with the poor is not worthy of being called a Christian.”
Pastor Earl Kim's weekly reflections