The Long View

” 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.

This 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 development.
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 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.
Amen.  “

Archbishop Oscar Romero 
Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (15 August 1917 – 24 March 1980)[1] was a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. He became the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador, succeeding Luis Chávez, and spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture.[2] Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in 1980.

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2 thoughts on “The Long View

  1. Thank you for sharing this prayer Phil. It is truly a relief every time one reads it cause it reminds us that we are just one means in the hands of GOD and we are created with our limits, thus limited is our responsibility. We cannot carry the burden of all evil particularly considering what is happening nowadays over middle east, Ukraine, Turkey, Iraq and so on. And talking about Christians prosecution in Iraq, I wanted to quote Archbishop again ‘Persecution is something needed in the church. Do you know why? because the truth is always persecuted. Jesus Christ said, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. “.. We have been reflecting on this a couple of days ago at home.

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