“Lord, we ain’t what we want to be;
we ain’t what we ought to be;
we ain’t what we gonna be,
but, thank God,
we ain’t what we was.”
An American preacher and former slave quoted by Martin Luther King Jr.
(gleaned from http://anglicancontinuum.blogspot.com/2008/11/farewell.html)
I stress several things over in over in my homilies, and often in private sessions in confession. I hope you know what they are! This quote sums up one of those themes.
Since the Christian life is about change, we should be able to recognize changes to the good and bad in our way of life, always knowing that we have not yet reached perfection. Humility does NOT mean that we should not recognize when we have changes to the better! This quote captures the right spirit we should maintain – a sense of not doing enough, with a profound thankfulness that we have done something good, with God helping us.
Today’s readings are really good. I want to write something about them, but cannot seem to get anything down. Please read them on your own.