Ordinary Time 2021

We are now in the season of Ordinary Time until November 28th, the beginning of a new liturgical year, the season of Advent. The color for Ordinary Time is green the color of life, prosperity and growth.

Preceding this long stretch of Ordinary Time we celebrated Lent, the Triduum, the 50 day Easter season culminating in Pentecost. We take what we have learned and experienced in the past seasons and we journey forward. Lent brought repentance and purification. The Triduum brought a greater reflection on and participation in the Passion and resurrection of Jesus. The season of Easter brought further enlightenment, illumination and hope. Pentecost assured us of God’s love and power as we continue as disciples. We are now further along than we have ever been.

During Ordinary time we hear about the life and teachings of Jesus. The emphasis is on Jesus and our call to know him and follow him. Jesus calls us friends and reveals to us grace and reveals God. A key teaching of Jesus is: “I am the vine and you are the branches.” Apart from Jesus we can do nothing, but in him we have unlimited potential.

We have two lemon trees at our retreat center. The trees bear many lemons and when they aren’t picked, the lemons start dropping from the tree. The ones that drop become soft and mushy and produce black blotches on them. Because they are disconnected, they are not good to eat. The lemons remaining on the tree are firm, juicy and tasty. They are alive and abundant because they are “connected” to the tree which provides its nourishment. They are ready to be plucked and eaten.

In the same way we are instructed to “abide,” “remain” and stay connected to Jesus. Abiding in Jesus is the goal of Ordinary Time. If we can stay connected, we will become fruitful. We remain in Christ by praying, listening to God’s word, celebrating the sacraments, reading good books, serving others and avoiding sin.

The goal of life is to become fruitful. We bear fruit when we develop intimacy with God. We ripen when we progress in character and integrity. We are fruitful when we pursue goals and realize our potential by adding value to others. Don’t forget about the nine-fold fruit of the Spirit. Jesus taught we honor and glorify God by bearing fruit.

Praise be to God for giving us time to become all that we can be. We have months and months to learn, grow and develop. Maturation is the trajectory and purpose of our life. Take it one day at a time and stay connected. The fruit will come. 

Based on Fr. Cedric's book: Come Encounter Jesus.

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