From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

Builders of a Future!

Archbishop Oscar Romero championed the rights of the poor in El Salvador and called for an end to violence and injustices that plagued his nation during its bloody civil war in 1980.  He was martyred at the altar on March 24, 1980 for his defense of the poor. 

Here are some of his thoughts:  “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 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 include everything.

This is what we are about:  We plant seeds that will one day 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 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.