It’s Ordinary Time. That doesn’t mean it’s a time of insignificance or boredom. It means we are, literally, in a season of the church calendar called “Ordinary Time,” which follows Easter season, which follows the season Lent, which follows Epiphany and so on. Ordinary Time is the longest season on the calendar.
The church calendar presents us with the great drama of redemption and the life of Jesus. But there is little drama in Ordinary Time. This mirrors our lives. We have moments in life of great drama, even dramatic moments of redemption. But the Christian life lived mostly through the ordinary relationships and responsibilities of life. And it’s in our daily life, our ordinary life, that we get glimpses of our extraordinary God.
Let’s wake up! May we see the hand of God in our everyday life! One of my all-time favorite lines of poetry, which speaks to this wakefulness we desire, comes from Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
Barefoot by God’s grace,