“The Perfect Pastor” by Father McGinn.
“The Perfect Pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes. He condemns sin roundly but never hurts anyone’s feelings. He works from 8 a.m. until midnight and is also the church janitor
The Perfect Pastor makes $40 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car, buys good books, and donates$30 a week to the parish. He is 29 years old and has 40 years’ experience. Above all, he is handsome. The Perfect Pastor has a burning desire to work with teenagers, and he spends most of his time with the senior citizens. He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his parish. He makes 15 home visits a day and is always in his office to be handy when needed.
The Perfect Pastor is always in the next parish over! If your pastor does not measure up, simply send this notice to six other parishes that are tired of their pastor, too. Then bundle up your pastor and send him to the parish at the top of your list. If everyone cooperates, in one week you will receive 1,643 pastors. One of them should be perfect. Have faith in this letter. One parish broke the chain and got its old pastor back in less than three months!”
I love it. That little letter highlights something we all already knew. Nobody is perfect.We are born with strengths and limitations. God did that deliberately. We are designed with flaws that I like to call “gaps.” I need you to fill my gap and you need me to fill yours. Together we become what we could never be as individuals.
That’s why He called the church a body. We are individual pieces of a complex organization. I might be an eye with great vision. But you might be a hand that reaches out to touch. I might be a nose and can smell dinner. But what good is a nose without a mouth? And what good is a mouth without a tongue? And what good is a tongue without saliva, and taste buds, and . . . well you get the picture. It takes a lot of different gifts and strengths to make up for all those limitations. So be who you are and let others be who they are and together we will fill one another’s gaps and be the body of Christ.