Ordinary Time 2020

Ordinary Time is the longest season in the Church liturgical year. This gracious season began January 11th and continues until Ash Wednesday Feb. 26th. It will resume June 1st and stretch all the way until Advent November 28th. We wear green in our liturgies, because green is the color of life and prosperity (think of money.) In Ordinary time we hear about the life and teachings of Jesus and concentrate on what it means to be his disciple.

We begin Ordinary Time as we do Lent. In the initial Gospel from Mark (1:14-20) we hear the urgent message of Jesus: The time is fulfilled, the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent and Believe in the Good News. Then Jesus walks by the shore of the Sea of Galilee and sees four fisherman. He calls them and their response is immediate and unconditional. They leave their nets, livelihood and even their family behind and follow Jesus. Their surrender would change their lives forever. Because of their decision regarding Jesus they became famous and fruitful.

God gives us time so our lives would change and we would become fruitful. God promises us grace and abundance. The secret to it all is radical surrender. Each day Jesus calls us. Our response must be full. Is there anything you need to leave behind? When I was young and heard Jesus’ call, I remember I had a Toyota Celica sports car. It had a five speed stick shift and had lots of instruments and gauges as well as a sleek look to it. I loved that car. Just before I left home for novitiate with the Passionists I had to sell it. It was hard at that time, but I’m so glad I let go of my need to be seen in a hot car. Now Jesus has made my life and ministry hot!

I watched, again, the 30 year old + movie “Back to the Future.” It stars Michael J. Fox and has time travel as its theme. I was struck again with the notion of time and what it offers us. Wouldn’t it be great if we could travel back and change some behaviors and actions? Cher sang, “If I could turn back time!” Or wouldn’t it be something to jettison ourselves into the future and get a sneak peek about what is to come?

Sometimes I feel like I’m in a time machine and life is on fast forward. Suddenly I’m going on 63 years old. Many of my friends are in their 80’s. Several of our community members and acquaintances have passed away. Many in our families have gone to be with the Lord. Others are having operations. We find ourselves way into the future. It is 2020! There are now 7.8 billion people on the face of the earth. Most are younger than we are. There are new challenges and political tensions. Technology has exploded. Our ability to communicate has come to new levels. Science is growing leaps and bounds.

Ordinary time is anything but ordinary. Time is simultaneous, sequential and opportunistic. Everyone on the face of the earth are all in it together. In order to make the most of your time, you must make unconditional surrender to God the foundation of your lifestyle. Self-abandonment to God is how addictions are overcome, dreams are realized and character is forged. Take a few seconds out of your “now” and rededicate your life to God’s care. Cast your cares on God because God cares for you. As you develop your lifestyle of surrender you will become a fruitful person of character and one who develops and realizes their God-given potential.

Time is the fabric God gives us to become all we can be. Ephesians tells us we are God’s masterpiece! Through the fabric of the time God gives us, God is weaving an intricate and colorful tapestry to his Glory. I am praying your life will be extraordinary! Don’t just live, Live with Passion!

Love to you in this new year 2020 and new decade! Fr. Cedric
















 

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