Today is the 30 anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated for his defense of justice, human rights and service to the excluded and the persecuted.
In the event, “30 Houses with Romero,” Habitat for Humanity El Salvador is celebrating the life and works of Archbishop Romero, while reflecting on Lent and building community.
In our Housing E-Newsletter, we have been lately sharing words from Archbishop Romero, borrowed from, “Prophets of a future not our own.” With immense respect for Romero and his mission, today we share with our readers the entire text.
Prophets of a future not our own
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.