Here’s hoping your Christmas Holiday Season was one filled with reunion and joy for you and your families as we come to the end of celebrating our Savior’s birth. Already, this weekend we begin with what we call, “Ordinary Time.” Yet, this ‘Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary!’ Some people mistakenly think this period is sort of a low point in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar Year and so we call it “ordinary.” This is not the case. “Ordinary Time” comes from the Latin “Tempus per annum” which means “time during the year.” What this reminds us is that after the incarnation of our Lord at Christmas, our spiritual clock, so-to-speak, has been reset. Now we are in God’s time, and from now on and for the next 33 to 34 weeks we will be counting back from Christmas. In this sense, Ordinary Time always refers us back to the Incarnation of our God, thus we celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time this week.
The USCCB (United State Catholic Conference of Bishops) puts it this way: “Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Pascal Mystery, namely the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, ascension of Jesus Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weekdays of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate even more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time (34th Week) the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.”
I like to think of the fact that the clock is ticking and time is moving on, even after the birth of Jesus. We are then brought into “God’s time” as the events of our Lord unfold and prepare us for other Liturgical Seasons like Lent, Easter, Pentecost and after Pentecost as the early Church continues to expand and grow. This involves all of us! We are part of that past, present and future history!
So, although we have to slug through the cold, doldrums of winter this time of year and the excitement of the holidays have come and gone, now is the time to spiritually digest just who this Jesus is and what that means for us!
Words to Live by: “The sunrise never finds us where the sunset left us.”