Always wanting

Posted on August 2, 2010


“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.”

The poem from which this quote was taken — “Prophets of a Future Not Our Own” by Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980) — resonates with this Monday’s Gospel (Mk. 14, 13-18). Jesus wants the disciples to feed his audience of over 5,000 people, but they answer, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fishes.” Jesus addresses his response not only to the Twelve but to all of us, who constantly experience the tension of wanting to do good and yet being constrained by human limitations and frailties.

Of the little that we have, Jesus says, “Bring them here to me.”

“We cannot do everything,” writes Archbishop Romero, “and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it 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.”

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