The life of a prophet is hard. Saint Oscar Romero knew that. Perhaps he also knew today’s first reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah, “Be not crushed on their account as though I would leave you crushed before them; for it is I this day who have made you a fortified city, a pillar of iron, a wall of brass…” Even as Romero realized that being a prophet would demand his life, he continued to be that pillar of iron, that wall of brass. It is amazing the strength that comes when you can trust God with your very life.
Oscar Romero once said, “Each one of you must be a microphone of God, each one of you must be a messenger, a prophet.” Not only are Jeremiah’s words encouraging for prophets like Romero, those words are also meant for prophets, messengers, and microphones of God like us.