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Ordinary Time

    We began the liturgical year with the immense expectation for the word of God, our salvation, to become flesh, to be born into the world that he created. We then moved into the celebration of his birth and celebrated the fact that the divine has now become flesh to save us. We celebrated and relaxed until we became somber and were filled with repentance as we moved into lent.  We prepared ourselves for forty days to enter more deeply into the significance, the holiness and the importance of those special and salvific  days. We mourned with the disciples as our Lord had died, and we waited in silence as he laid in the tomb. Then we rejoiced when he rose from the tomb and celebrated this for fifty more days because Christ conquered sin and death and has given us life eternal. At the end of these fifty days the salvation of the world takes his place again in heaven and we are given the Holy Spirit to continue his mission.

    A lot happened in such a short time.

    We enter again into the Season of Ordinary time. The time where we do not focus particularly on any major event of Christs life, but rather on  the entire mystery of Christs life and saving actions. Despite the name, however, ordinary time is not ordinary. The name comes from latin, which would mean ordered, structured, counted days. Before the Second Vatican Council it was never called anything except for "the season after Pentecost" or the "season after Christmas." The Vatican council gave it such name.

    We have just come out of the great season of Pentecost and we cannot lose that joy, emotion, and zeal we received during that day and the entirety of the Easter season.  The mission we were equipped with at the ascension and the spirit given to us at Pentecost is one that lasts with us forever. We never lose that goal, that mission to make disciples of the world, regardless of the liturgical year.

    It can be easy to think that because it is called Ordinary time and that their are no great events happening during it that it is ' unimportant' and a 'time filler.' However, this is not the case because Ordinary time is the time where we live out that mission- where we bathe in the glory of God, and where we continue to work to build his kingdom on earth. Ordinary time is the time in the church where we are fed from the word of God by hearing the life events and teaching of Christ so that we can better be apostles and be reminded again of what we stand for. It is the time where we are rejuvenated with our family of faith to continue to work for the kingdom, worship God, and allow Christ to come to us again in a special way. This to me, seems important and a lot more than a time filler.

    As we journey throughout these weeks of Ordinary time, let us constantly remember the joy and zeal we had at Pentecost and carry it out throughout the year. Let us also never cease in fulfilling the mission Christ gave us and always striving to build the kingdom of God on earth!

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