Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. Scripture reads: The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps (Proverbs 16:9). After the Easter season each year we return to Ordinary Time. But this time is meant to be far from ordinary. Ordinary comes from the same root as ordered, as in numbered and counted. Some of us might find tedium in that routine, but the intention is to lead us to an ordered place – the ultimate return of Christ. Our Gospel readings during this time of year are filled with the stories of Christ’s everyday ministry rather than major events in His earthly life. It is in this ordinary time that we’re able to do the work the Lord has set out for us to do.
In these days of leisure activities, when school is out and summer vacations are getting underway, it is helpful to keep some things ordered when other things might seem disordered. Now is the time that we can focus on the life of Christ and how He reorders and centers our own lives. This time provides an excellent opportunity to perform acts of service, maybe as a family, and perhaps something you have overlooked or put off during busier times of year. It is in this ordinary time that we live out our baptismal calling to love one another as He loves us.
You may see unfamiliar faces in the pews at church this summer. Think of them as pilgrims from far off lands, not unlike the early disciples. Welcome them. In turn, make it a point to visit faraway parishes when you travel. Take in customs and traditions that may be different or unfamiliar to you, remembering you have a shared faith in the Church that binds us all together as sons and daughters of God.
I encourage you to look for the extra in Ordinary Time. For it is in these ordinary times we might be more receptive and responsive to others and the faith that so strongly defines us the rest of the year. We can find the extraordinary, if only we choose to look. I pray you and your family have a safe, fulfilling, and yes, extraordinary summer.
Kimberlee Riley CAP®
President & CEO