Whenever we talk about forgiveness there’s always the folks that say, “Surely we don’t have to forgive certain people, God understands right?”
Guys, Jesus asked the Father to forgive the very people that were brutally, torturously killing Him.
That’s the kind of forgiveness we’re supposed to have. Unbelievably unconditional.
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even 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 a 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 the 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 far 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 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.
—Archbishop Oscar Romero Prayer: A Step Along The Way by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw
One of the more striking aspects of this early Christian hymn is its affirmation of material, fleshly life. Here Christ is not reduced to a moral or spiritual teacher who comes down to earth to deliver a few special teachings that will get some of us to heaven. God’s life with us, His dwelling with us, does not happen as an immaterial soul-to-soul or mind-to-mind connection. It is body-to-body, flesh-to-flesh. What God accomplishes in Christ he accomplishes through blood, the medium of bodily life. God reconciles all the bodies of this world in and by Jesus’ “fleshly body through death” (Col 1:22)
- Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation
by, Fred Bahnson and Norman Wirzba