Catechetical Spot

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“There is good in the ordinary.”

We have entered the Season in the Church year called Ordinary Time.  It refers to ordered time; thus we begin with the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time starting with June 30.  The first part of Ordinary time was celebrated between Advent and Lent.  Now we celebrate Ordinary Time until we again reach the Season of Advent.

In doing a little research, I found that Ordinary Time is about right relationship; It is a time to savor and learn about being in right relationship with God through his son, Jesus Christ in unity with the Holy Spirit.  We will hear Gospel readings from the Gospel of Luke.  The readings will take us with Jesus through the Galilee and on his travel toward Jerusalem.  They contain many parables which teach how to live this right relationship.

I like to think of Ordinary Time as being ordinary in the way we think of the term.  It seems that in the spiritual life, we might think that we have to do something grand to be a good follower of Jesus.  We read of the saints and the many things they accomplished.  We listen to Paul and his many voyages preaching the good news.  How can we ever achieve such a lofty way to follow Jesus?  Maybe we are getting it all wrong, because it is in the ordinary that the presence of God is found and it is in the ordinary that we bring the presence of God to others.  The ordinary of summer and fall helps us to realize the presence of God in nature.  It is there in the shouts of children playing, it is there when parents and grandparents gather for outings.  It is there around a campfire.  It is there in sickness and in health.  It is there in the simple things that we do for one another.  The ordinariness of life is where God is located.  If we are in right relationship with God, we will help others experience God’s presence in the mundane as well as in the grand.

I close with a quote from Teilhard de Chardin, “The value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous things…as to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value.”

~by Helen Ackermann