Future Not Our Own – from Oscar Romero

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another 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 include everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realizing this.
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 is 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.

 


“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” - Carl Jung

THE BREATH:  Wholeness and breath are inextricably linked. Your breath reveals your being. So the primary question to explore is whether the whole of your body is available to the breath. If it is, the whole of your being is available to it.Type your paragraph here."  Philip Shepherd

"NATURE:  But if you attend to nature, if you are willing to heed it as you would the wisest of all teachers, it will reveal three towering loves that show up in every life it summons into being: nature loves change, it loves diversity and it loves service.Type your paragraph here."  Philip Shepherd