An Assassination that Speaks to Us of Resurrection

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Funeral Mass for Fr Octavio Ortiz Luna

Sunday, 21 January, 1979


The Mass readings are:

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Matthew 1:14-20  
Only parts 2 & 3 of the audio are available.
On January 20 Fr Octavio Ortiz Luna, a diocesan priest, was assassinated by the National Guard together with four youths in the retreat house "El Despertar", in the parish of San Antonio Abad.
Before the Archbishop of San Salvador delivered his homily, Dr. Jorge Lara Braud, representative of the World Council of Churches located in Geneva and representative of the Nation Council of Churches in the United States, offered his condolences to the people of El Salvador. Among other things he said: I am able to listen to the priest, Octavio Ortiz Luna, speak from eternity, from the place where there is no more weeping or mourning or death. He speaks to each one of us, his sisters and brothers who continue to journey here on earth: Now I rejoice in what I have suffered for you and in my flesh I complete what was lacking in the afflictions of Christ, afflictions that were offered up for the good of his body: the Church.