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We are prophets of a future not our own

Archbishop Oscar Romero


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.

We plant seeds that one day will grow,

We water seeds already planted,

knowing that they hold future promise.

We cannot do everything

and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,

a step along the way, an opportunity

for God's grade to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the results

but that is the difference between the master builders and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders,

ministers not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

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