Every Wednesday throughout Lent we will post a reflection on the upcoming Sunday readings. We hope these help you on your own Lenten journey. This week’s reflection was written by Scott Wasserman, chair of the CFCA governing board.
Suppose you knew for certain that someone was planning to kill you tomorrow. How would you prepare tonight?
Would you flee as far as you could travel as fast as you can? Would you hide where you could never be found?
Would you stock up on weapons, train how to use them, and recruit a bevy of friends to fight for you and protect you?
Flight and fight are natural responses to a threat. However, there is nothing particularly human about them. Rodents and reptiles do the same.
In the Passion account in the readings for Palm Sunday, Jesus knew for certain that unspeakable forces were conspiring to kill him. He knew they had infiltrated even his 12 closest disciples.
In the face of certain enmity and violence, he chose neither flight nor fight. He chose a third way, the uniquely human way of nonviolent love for enemies. Read more
On Monday, Nov. 16, the church commemorated the 1989 martyrdom in El Salvador. It marks the 20th anniversary of the deaths of 16-year-old Celina, Elba, who is her mother and the Jesuits' cook, and six members of the Jesuit community at the University of Central America, including the universityís president, Ignacio EllacurÌa.
Most reports list the martyrs in the other order: with the Jesuit priests first, then Elba and then Celina. The assassins are presumed to have murdered the girl and her mother as an afterthought, simply because they were found in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Here at CFCA, we promote the prominence of Celina and Elba. Like many CFCA families living in poverty, they struggled for dignity and peace against great odds. We also celebrate the six Jesuits who, like our sponsors, reached across the divide to give hope to this family. Through their shared martyrdom with the teen and her mom, the Jesuits gave hope to all families living in poverty. Presente!
We remember and give thanks for: Celina and Elba Ramos Segundo Montes Ignacio Martin Baro Juan Ramon Moreno Amando Lopez Joaquin Lopez y Lopez Ignacio Ellacuria