Oscar Romero's Hope

Archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero was assasinated 30 years ago today while celebrating the eucharist. This piece by Romero, like Martin Luther King Junior's "I have been to the mountaintop" speech, is remarkably prescient, aware that any of us are only part of a much bigger picture, but is also pregnant with the resurrection hope that we will be celebrating in a few days time, not a "cross you fingers" or "touch wood" type of hope, but the sure and certain hope, which is not just about pie in the sky when you die, but God's kingdom come, his will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

It helps, now and then, to step back
and take the long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is 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 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 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 effects 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 God'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

Kim Fabricius offers another tribute to Oscar Romero over on "Connexions."


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