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The Second Sunday in Lent

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A Romero Cross

Prayer Thought:

At Caesarea Philippi Simon Peter had identified Jesus as ‘the Messiah’ but in this Sunday’s Gospel story we hear how Jesus had to explain to Peter that this ‘Messiah’ would not be the sort of hero-leader Peter had hoped for and imagined. Instead, this ‘Messiah’ would have to suffer unto death. At first, Peter objected strongly to this understanding. Perhaps, if we’re honest with ourselves, we all do. Then there follows a very sharp exchange between Jesus and Peter - the leader of the disciples. Yet we should not overlook the message, which is that not only the Messiah has to go this way but so also have Peter and all Jesus’ disciples. This Sunday’s Gospel story challenges us to ask ourselves how we too find it difficult to accept Jesus as the ‘Messiah’ and how we find it difficult to accept that Jesus’s disciples must take up their cross and go that same road.  God bless.

 

A Romero Cross.

Who was Romero? Oscar Romero of El Salvador was shot dead while celebrating the Eucharist on 24th March 1980. At the time his country was governed by the wealthy who were oppressing the poorest with help from the army. Thousands were imprisoned, tortured, murdered and disappeared.

Voice of the voiceless. Romero denounced the violence in sermons broadcast by radio. He became known as the voice of the voiceless. Eventually the station building was bombed by those who did not want his voice to be heard. 

Brave under threat of death. Romero knew his life was under threat. A few days before he died he said: ‘If I am killed I will rise again in the Salvadoran people.’ After his death ordinary Salvadorans gathered together at his grave to pray.

El Salvadoran Crosses. In El Salvador there is a tradition of producing these very colourful crucifixes. The bright decorations not only have a figure of Jesus at the centre but also include images of the local community set in a Salvadoran landscape.

 

Often children - and the not so young - use drawings or cut-out photos to design their own cross  for their home or friends or parish. They do so thinking about the background landscape and colours that might reflect their own surroundings and the sufferings and joys of their community. In this they unite in faith, hope and love with the cross of Jesus Christ. 

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