The weeks following Pentecost are what is typically called "Ordinary Time." This period on the church calendar lasts until the beginning of Advent (December 2), making it the longest liturgical season. Regrettably, most people think "Ordinary Time" means "Not So Special Time." Nothing could be further from the truth.
The word "ordinary" comes from the Latin word ordinalis, which is where we get the word "order." Hence, Ordinary Time is meant to convey that there is a certain "order" to life in Christ. Life is not a perpetual season of fasting (such as Advent and Lent), nor is it a perpetual season of feasting (such as Christmas and Easter). Certainly life entails those lows and highs, but Ordinary Time is about the regular, day-in and day-out work of Christ in the lives of his followers. It is about him casting out our demons, calming our storms, and feeding our souls. None of this is "ordinary," for the Lord is not ordinary in his works.
Both our readings and our sermons this summer will focus on this (extra)ordinary work of Christ in his people. We hope that you will join us for prayerful reflection thereupon.
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