In our liturgical life as Catholic Christians, we spend the time from the Easter Season until Advent in a time called Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time is counted time. We count by weeks and there will be approximately thirty of these counted weeks. The color is green which reminds us that we continue in our daily lives to grow in our relationship with God.
I like to think of Ordinary time not so much as counted time but rather as the ordinariness of our daily lives. We have ups and downs but so much of what we do is quite ordinary. We do celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, vacations and other highlights but most of life is ordinary. We rise and get ready to go to work, we take care of our children, grandchildren and in some cases our parents.
In reading Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation called “Rejoice and Be Glad,” I found some thoughts which are most helpful. “The common life, whether in the family, the parish, the religious community or any other, is made up of small every day things.” Pope Francis goes on to remind us that Jesus asked his disciples to pay attention to details.
The little detail that wine was running out at a party.
The little detail that one sheep was missing.
The little detail of asking the disciples how many loaves of bread they had.
The little detail of having a fire burning and a fish cooking as he waited for the disciples at daybreak.”
As disciples of Jesus, we are also asked to pay attention to the small details such as sending a birthday greeting, calling someone to say hello, attending a grandchild’s sporting event or dance recital, preparing a meal for a spouse, relative or friend that is enjoyed, cleaning the house or garage that it might look presentable, washing windows, washing the car and countless other very ordinary things.
When these ordinary things are done with love, the ordinary can become extraordinary. We can rely on the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta who tells us, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” The ordinary can be transformed through love.
~by Helen Ackermann