Seasonal Reflection: Ordinary Time, Winter 2016
In a previous reflection we learned that Ordinary Time on the liturgical calendar doesn’t have quite the same meaning as “ordinary” in common usage. Nevertheless, I’m going to use it in that way here. I recently moved, which is why this reflection is late. They say moving is one of the three top stresses in life. I now understand why. One of the things moving has done for me is make me yearn for “ordinary time.” There is nothing so appealing as feeling at home, having a place for everything and knowing where that is, of the simplicity of routine rather than having to think every little thing through, of having to remember every place that needs to know your new address, of making those contacts, spending hours dealing with businesses that offer you a dozen prompts before you get to the right office, IF you get to the right office, of sitting on hold, or trying to decipher how to do all this on line, and on and on.
Yes, I have a new appreciation of ordinary time, and I thank the Church for providing us with a period of Ordinary Time, as well. It allows us to focus on what really matters, rather than getting distracted by the pressures of this and that that sometimes are unavoidable, but sometimes are of our own making. In Ordinary Time we get to calm down enough to notice the blessings found in little things like a chirping bird, a gentle breeze, a kind gesture, a tasty meal, some favorite entertainment. We meet Jesus where he is in everyday people and happenings, and we feel secure.
Lent is almost upon us, so let’s make the most of what is left of Ordinary Time until it returns several months from now.
Help me stay in the present tense today.
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