I am emotionally numb; detached from the world. I have to be or all the horrors and injustices I see would scar me personally. Pondering too long creates a feeling of desolate helplessness with all the badness, violence and oppression in the world. How can a person like me possibly make a difference? I’m innocent and ignorant; I’ve never experienced anything like persecution or torture. I’m crying out to God to give me some direction because I can’t save the world by myself. I’m begging him to give me a personal mission. Take my measly life and lead me to that one child whose life I can change. I don’t want to sit in class presentations anymore and hear about the plight of the poor. I get it!! Now let me go do something about it.
I look up and orange highlighter catches my eye. It illuminates a sentence that reminds me: “We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing it.”
Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
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.
~ Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero ~