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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