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These Ordinary Times

These days when we see mostly green vestments in church, I sense a lull, and I feel a bit disoriented. It's odd, I know. A lull from what? Disoriented? Doesn't the mere act of entering a church give you focus?

It's different when it is Lent and Easter, or Advent and Christmas. You know what you have to do. You know what to expect. Repentance, frequenting the Sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist, study of doctrine, devotional readings, acts of mercy, and carrying on daily duties and activities in a more special way. In the end, there is celebration and thanksgiving.

But in between, that's when uncertainty visits me. What do I do first? What do I consider important?

There has to be something in these Ordinary Times. After all, they cover a good part of the liturgical year. The Ordinary Time that we are now on will be interrupted only a good five months or so from now, when Advent is upon us.

Green is the color of life. In the temperate zones, green sprouts emerge from hiding after the long, cold, and gray spell to announce spring. In the tropics, green is a constant.

Maybe the clue lies there. Green. Life. Growth.

After the festivities of Christmas and Easter, we live our lives. Our ordinary lives. How? With the hopeful and expectant spirits that the birth of a Little Child has given us. With the joy and faith that the Son of God taught us when He suffered, died, and rose again with finality so we can have a good shot at eternity.

And in living our ordinary lives, we also think of repentance, frequenting the Sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist, study of doctrine, devotional readings, acts of mercy, and carrying on daily duties and activities in a more special way.

That's beginning to sound familiar. Maybe because living the faith should be thus ingrained that such practices become familiar. And second-nature. And natural.

Even during Ordinary Times.

Note (June 14, 2013): I am updating this post to include the word "growth" in the text between the two photos. It is linked to Catholic Culture's informative and inspiring segment about the Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Year 


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