As we enter the Paschal Triduum, we are also commemorating the anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Oscar Romero. On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Romero was assassinated while saying Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence in San Salvador, El Salvador.
In one of his homilies, Archbishop Romero said: "One who is committed to the poor must risk the same fate as the poor. And in El Salvador we know what the fate of the poor signifies: to disappear, to be tortured, to be captive and to be found dead."
Perhaps these words will help us to enter reflectively into the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who -- risking the same fate as the poor -- "became obedient unto death, even death on a cross" (Philippians 2).