Friday, July 11, 2008

A perspective beyond our vision and history

Mention of Archbishop Oscar Romero caused me to search my file for a prayer attributed to him and which gives a perspective beyond our vision and history.
In case we take ourselves too seriously we need reminding that in the greater scheme of things we are not responsible for everything, just our bit however humble.

I sympathize with Shar and the feelings of being overwhelmed by the sheer enormity and complexity of the issues but thankfully the Kingdom of God values every contribution and every offering of love. ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’ may have more to do with ‘Social Justice for Dummies’ that our clearly reasoned and intellectual utterings. This certainly gives comfort to me.

"A World Without Walls

It helps now and then to step backand 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 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 bring wholeness,
no programme accomplishes the church's mission,
no set of goals and objectives includes everything.
That is what we are about.

We plant 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 cannot do everything,
and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way
and 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 the workers, not the master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
Amen."

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