March 18

 Young Romero celebrating Mass

Young Romero celebrating Mass

Fifth Sunday in Lent   10:30 a.m.

Lectionary Readings:  Jeremiah 31: 31-34;  John 12: 20-33

Text:  “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain.  But, if it dies, it bears much fruit.”  John 12:24.

Sermon:  “A Voice for the Voiceless”

Tease:  In short order, the Roman Catholic Church will be canonizing Archbishop Oscar Romero as a saint.  No doubt, we will be hearing a lot more about this remarkable individual in the weeks and months to come.  As a seminarian, I studied Romero’s writings and found him to be a profound influence in my own spiritual journey.  In fact, I was doing a study leave at the Weston Priory in Vermont the day he was assassinated by a Salvadoran Death Squad in 1980.  Much of my remaining time there was spent discussing the impact the champion of human rights had on our lives and how it becomes our challenge to carry on his ministry to the most vulnerable segments of the human community.  In a world that needs more role models, I can’t think of another individual whose life more gloriously reflects our gospel lesson of the week.