Reflection for July 2 – Because I looked ahead and didn’t want to lose my ideas
Last week we (re)entered into the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which will run five months of the year from now until December 4th. Our use of the word ‘ordinary’ has often come to mean something commonplace, typical, or sometimes even something boring. It is the kind of day-in-day-out time in our lives, and this season is by far the largest in the Church’s overall calendar. Why is so much of our liturgical time dedicated to ‘Ordinary Time’ when God does such extraordinary things? This week’s readings can serve as a reminder and answer to that question.
The story from 2 Kings about Elisha has a wealthy childless woman inviting the prophet into her home for rest and a meal; keep in mind this kind of hospitality was commonplace and even expected back then (and frankly a kind of hospitality which seems quite common in the Maritimes as well!). Yet out of this ordinary act of kindness, the woman is promised something extraordinary – a son! Paul tells us by baptism, through something which seems so simple on the surface, we become united to Christ and share in his eternal life! And Christ in the Gospel tells us that when we greet an ordinary person, we greet Him through them. Christ reminds us that our ordinary day-to-day experiences are no less a chance to meet and serve God; in fact, they are probably our most frequent chances to do so!
In short, these readings and this season remind us that God wants us to unite ourselves to him through hospitality, sacraments, and works of service to others, in order to make the ordinary extraordinary! But also, we are reminded that God is not with us only when we are in a time of extremes. We are often tempted to bring God into our lives only when something very good or very bad is happening, but keep in mind that most of Jesus’ ministry was spent in the ‘ordinary time’ of life! Christmas and Easter are obviously central points in his life with the highest significance imaginable, but most of his life was the day-in-day-out kind of living, interacting with people on a daily basis about their daily needs and sharing their daily experiences.
In this season of Ordinary Time, let us take time each day to ask God’s presence to be with us in the everyday occurrences of our lives, whether it’s with family, coworkers, friends, me-time, good times, bad times, boring times or exciting times, and everything in between. Consciously make the choice to invite Him to be a part of your ordinary times, and watch what extraordinary things unfold!
Peace and All Good,