Ordinary Time Can Be Extraordinary!

Ordinary Time is a season of the Christian liturgical calendar. The English name is intended to
translate the Latin term Tempus per annum (literally, “time through the year”). Ordinary Time
comprises the two periods — one following Epiphany, the other following Pentecost — which do
not fall under the “strong seasons” of Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. Ordinary Time,
therefore, signals that the great observances of the birth of Jesus, and of his passion, death, and
resurrection are completed. Whenever the liturgical hangings in a church are green, the Church is
observing Ordinary Time. A theme of both periods of Ordinary Time is growth.
During Epiphany, the Church and her members contemplate the ways the Gospel is spread
throughout the world. The magi were the first Gentiles to pay homage to the Christ child. During
the Season of Epiphany, the scripture lessons focus on the ways Christ was manifested as light of the
entire world.
During the Season of Pentecost, we are to consider the ways in which each of us grows in the
Spirit. The lectionary readings are full of instructive words of how a follower of Christ may grow
into his likeness. The lazy days of summer can provide a wonderful opportunity for the people of
God to seek God’s direction about how each person can mature in Christ and be more like our Lord,
following his great examples of humility, obedience, and service.
I encourage you to take time —to make time— this summer to explore the possibilities of
growing in grace and in the Spirit! You will discover that the period between Easter
and Advent/Christmas, which are usually a slower time in the Church due to a decrease in holy
days, can be Extraordinary Time for the people of God who seek to learn more of God’s will for their
lives and who desire to grow in faith. Let the green, vibrant foliage of the summer season remind us
all to grow in the Spirit!
Faithfully yours,
Fr. Frank