Food for Thought ….. Workers in the Vineyard

I was reading the last homily given by Fr. John Yonkovig to the people of St. Peter’s Parish in Plattsburgh, New York. In his remarks, Fr. Yonkovig quoted Archbishop Oscar Romero who, as you know, was murdered by government hit men in San Salvador about 30 years ago. I would like to quote Romero, as Fr. Yonkovig did in his homily on June 20th this year:

“This is what we are about. We plant the seed that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold 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 the workers, not master builders…”

Food for thought….. Our efforts may not seem to bear evident fruit, but in the end, the harvest is the Lord’s. We plant and till and nuture. The harvest is his. We are his workers, his hands, his eyes, his Body.

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