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Not So Ordinary Time

June 04, 2018

Liturgically speaking, we are now in the 8thweek of Ordinary Time. There are 34 weeks of Ordinary Time in the Church calendar. That is a lot of Ordinary! Yet, these weeks and days are a time when Christ can permeate our ordinary days and reveal how extraordinary they are—days of grace and love.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops tells us:
Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.

Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. (emphasis added)

It is good to remember the purpose of these weeks as we travel with Christ on his day-to-day journey through the Gospels.

Happy Ordinary Time!

Elaine Berkopec, OSU