Ordinary Time 2021
Time began Monday Jan. 11th and continues until Ash Wed. Feb. 17th. This
Season will then continue after Pentecost (May 24 until Advent.)
defines the word ordinary as: usual, familiar, unexceptional, common
and average. The fact that most of the liturgical year is ordinary doesn't mean
that it is boring or bland time. Far from it! Rather, Ordinary Time comes from
the word "ordered" time. This time is ordered in sequential (1-34) weeks,
but also "our steps are ordered from the Lord." (Ps.
37:23) In other words, it is time in which God is active in our lives. We are a
people who live, not on our own power or strength, but under God's initiative
and providence. God "orders" our steps. We trust in his gracious and
guiding hand. Watch how your life unfolds under God’s providential care. Learn
to trust God as you pilgrimage through each day.
Go Green: I
like the fact that priests, bishops, and deacons wear green during this
season. Green is the color of plants and trees and signifies growth and life.
It is also the color of money signifying abundance and prosperity. We can hope
for growth and blessings as we celebrate the life and teachings of Jesus
during these days.
During Ordinary Time we focus on the life
and teachings of Jesus. We seek to learn about Jesus and follow him ever
more closely. We will watch the episodes of his life and listen to his sublime teachings.
As disciples, we want to bear fruit in these ways: 1) Intimacy with God 2)
Growth in character (holiness) 3) Improving our relationships 4) Bearing
witness to many about the truth of the Gospel. 5) Realizing our potential and
becoming all we can be.
Time is God’s gift
to us. What we do with our time is our gift back to God. Don’t let time pass
you by. Seize each day and live purposefully. Seek God while God may be found. Develop,
grow, mature, become…be fruitful.
Who you are is
God’s gift to you. Who you become is
your gift to God! Don’t just live, live with Passion!