Monday, October 30, 2006

Cool Oscar Romero Poem

Prophets Of A Future Not Our Own (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 fractionof the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.Nothing we do is complete, which is another way ofsaying 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 an objectives include everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that oneday will grow. We water the seeds already plantedknowing that they hold future promise.We lay foundations that will need further development.We provide yeast that produces effectsfar beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense ofliberation 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’sgrace to enter and do the rest.We may never see the end results, but that is thedifference 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 Romero (martyred on March 24th 1980)


mase said...

hey digs.
i think roh and cindy have this poem upstairs in their study! it's ace!

Digger said...

Haha, yeah they do. I used it today as an intro to a meeting and they said the same thing. It's my new favourite!

Esky said...

Hey Paul, I really like this... i do i do ooo!