Encouragement for the Journey 24 November 2013

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Encouragement for the Journey 24 November 2013

Encouragement for the Journey

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Greetings fellow traveller,

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, before we journey through Advent. Traditionally it is a celebration of Christ the King. How we live in the Kingdom of God is very important. Oscar A. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, in El Salvador, was assassinated on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass in a small chapel in a cancer hospital where he lived. He was known for being a voice for the poor, the dispossessed and the voiceless ones. The words of this prayer are often attributed to Oscar Romero, but they were never actually spoken by him. They were written by Bishop Untener as a reflection on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Romero. It describes life in the Kingdom of God in a very powerful way:

A Future Not Our Own

 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 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 include everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one

day will grow. We water the seeds already planted

knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of

liberation in realising 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’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.

Meanwhile Peace on your journey in the Kingdom

Alf