As we celebrate Pentecost, it may seem like the grand feasts and celebrations of the Church are now behind us. We’ve journeyed through Lent, Easter, and various special days in quick succession. Now, with only a few solemnities ahead, we find ourselves in Ordinary Time—the longest part of the Church’s calendar. Ordinary Time will continue until Advent, which falls this year on December 3.
Sometimes, we may think of this time as unremarkable or boring. However, Ordinary Time is far from ordinary.
It’s called “ordinary” not because it lacks significance, but because the weeks are numbered. It represents the ordered life of the Church, without the great feasts of Christmas and Easter or times of penance as in Advent and Lent.
The purpose of Ordinary Time is to align our lives with Christ’s. For true disciples, this “ordinary” time becomes extraordinary.
The National Liturgy Office states that during Ordinary Time, we’re reminded to appreciate the wonders accomplished by our loving God through Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We’re encouraged to open our eyes to the ongoing expression of divine love within us, through us, and despite our flaws. This love responds to the needs and challenges in our world, workplaces, parishes, homes, and families.
Every time we forgive, make peace, correct our attitudes or actions, reach out to those in need of any kind, or commit ourselves to the work of the believing community, we give witness to the tangible presence of Christ in our midst. Therefore, Ordinary Time is time to immerse ourselves anew in renewing structures and deepening our commitment to serve with love and integrity, wherever our vocation in life and parish has called us to be.