In our Church, as the Easter season has come to an end with the Feast of Pentecost, we now begin Ordinary Time.
“Christmas Time and Easter Time celebrate 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 for growth and maturation, a time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ” (USCCB website, accessed May 28, 2020).
We are not living today during an “ordinary time,” yet we are living day-to-day, attempting to make an ordinary life in the midst of an extraordinary time. We read more and more articles about what is becoming the “new normal.” The economy is opening up, which means we’re venturing out, putting our toe in the water, so-to-speak. Offices are opening up in phases, as are restaurants and stores.
Now, something that should be extraordinary, but is sadly normal, has seized our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits. Once again, someone’s life spirit has been senselessly crushed, literally, from this world. Please read our Congregation’s response to the events of the past few days.
Use this time of reflecting on the ordinary days of the life of Christ to discover in your own ordinary days: What do I want to let go? What do I want to hold? What action can I take to transform violent acts from ordinary, to extraordinary?
On the header, picture by ANSA obtained from https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2020-05/prayer-during-global-pandemic-cardinal-blase-cupich.html