It helps, now and then, to step back and
take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
That is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing
that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further
We provide yeast that produces far beyond
our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a
sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do
it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the
Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that it
the difference between the master builder and
the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers,
not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Archbishop Oscar A. Romero

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