A Future Not Our Own
As our Year 9's enjoy the pleasures of a retreat we too can take a moment to reflect.
This week our Year 9's will be taking time out from their normal timetable to take stock of God in their lives. The retreats are focused on the theme of Inspirational People, so this week we may also turn to an inspirational person for our own personal reflection.
The prayer below was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw and was drafted for a homily by Cardinal John Dearden as a reflection on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Romero. Romero inspired many and the words of the pray can be a n inspiration to us at any point in our lives.
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 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'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.
Help us Lord that we can embrace your love and intentions for us all, allow us to be the workers for you our master builder, ministers of your word, and guide us toward a future that we cannot see. Amen.