Celebrating Ordinary Time

Statue of JesusNow that we’re in Ordinary Time, it’s essentially “back to normal.” We return to the color green, the hymns lack any unique emphasis, and the Scriptures are more cyclical than celebratory. In essence, we’ve been through Advent and Christmas and ordinary time can seem a tad, well, ordinary (note: I’m aware “ordinary” comes from the numbering pattern, but bear with my analogy).

In the Church, it’s actually possible to have a little post-celebration letdown. I am somewhat guilty of this as well. I always became excited during Advent and it continued through Christmas. Then, once Ordinary Time started, I began looking forward to Lent. However, this is a mistake. There’s actually a lot we can do to celebrate ordinary time and make it more exciting. Below are a few possibilities.

Celebrate the Saints

There are many feast days during ordinary time. It’s a good time to read up on the saints, ask for their intercession, and generally observe their life and their days. If they’ve left us written writings, maybe even read up some of their wisdom.

Find the Unique Themes

The different appointed prayers and Scripture readings at mass have some unique and fascinating themes. But, since there’s not an overarching theme (like waiting for Advent or penance for Lent), we can miss some of the smaller topics. Pay extra attention during mass and pick out the emphasis and then…

Live the Theme

Each week, focus on living that theme or emphasis throughout the week. Maybe it’s grace or gratitude. Whatever the focus, try to center your week around what you heard read and prayed during the Sunday mass. This will allow you to appreciate the richness of the entire Church Year, not just the larger topics like Advent and Lent. After all, lots of people have put a lot of time into developing these prayers and readings.

So, as we enter into Ordinary Time, I hope you can celebrate it. If you start digging deeper, you’ll find there doesn’t have to be anything ordinary about it.

About Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett is a writer, speaker, and small business owner. He started ChurchYear.Net in 2004, along with his brother David. The site gets over one million visitors a year. His writings have also appeared in church bulletins, newspapers, and other media.

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