This weekend I was re-reading a collection of essays and sermons from one of my heroes of the faith, Oscar Romero (we even share the same first name!). He was assassinated in 1980 for his stand with the oppressed poor of El Salvador. I will share two excerpts here. Please, take them in.
“A church that does not provoke any crisis, preach a gospel that does not unsettle, proclaim a word of God that does not get under anyone’s skin or a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that?
Very nice, pious considerations that don’t bother anyone, that’s the way many would like preaching to be. Those preachers who avoid every thorny matter so as not to be harassed, so as not to have conflicts and difficulties, do not light up the world they live in. They don’t have Peter’s courage, who told that crowd where the bloodstained hands still here that had killed Christ: “You killed him!”
Even though the charge could cost him his life as well, he made it.
The gospel is courageous; it’s good news of him who came to take away the world’s sins.”The Violence of Love, pp. 44-45
To the christians that opposed him, he said:
“Some want to keep a gospel so disembodied that it doesn’t get involved at all in the world it must save. Christ is now in history. Christ is in the womb of the people. Christ is now bringing about the new heavens and the new earth.”The Violence of Love, p. 102
In other words, the gospel has something to say to the concrete realities of every society. The Church must enter in to the injustices and suffering and courageously live the sermon it preaches. We must become the gospel as participants in God’s mission to save the world.