It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that we were all embarking on our Spring Cleaning. Now we’re all working on our Fall Clean-up. Leaves are being raked. Fields are being harvested. Outside chores are being completed. The annuals that had been planted in our gardens are slowly making their way to compost piles. For me, the way that I know that fall is upon us is that it seems like I’m turning the car’s headlights on earlier and earlier every day.
This past week we witnessed a significant change in weather. Last Sunday it was over 80°. The very next day, it was nearly 20° cooler and extremely windy! The winds were whipping and the leaves were flying across the lawn. It is evident that winter is just around the corner. Last Sunday was truly the calm before the storm. It was a gorgeous day on Sunday followed by a less-thangorgeous day on Monday. Before we know it, we’ll be using our snow blowers and shovels to find our way out of our homes. We might not be ready for it, but we know it is coming.
As we look at our calendars, we know that it is relatively calm now before we jump head-first into the holiday storms. Thanksgiving dinners are not that far off and Christmas and New Years follows shortly thereafter. In reality, we are only about 67 shopping days away from Christmas. We know that Christmas is just around the corner because Toyland at Fleet Farm recently opened for the year.
Our Church calendar continues marching on as well. A quick glance forward highlights that Advent begins in six short weeks. As we celebrate these last few remaining weeks of Ordinary Time, we are enjoying the calm before the next liturgical storm. In just a few weeks, our scripture focus will shift away from Jesus’ preaching to His disciples about His pending death and resurrection. We’ll shift away from hearing the stories of how He healed the sick and taught so many people about the Kingdom of God. We’ll change our focus from the middle of Jesus’ earthly ministry to the preparation of His birth.
We should take these final weeks of Ordinary Time to embrace the calm. Open our hearts and minds to what God’s grace means to each of us. Reflect on how we’ve grown in faith and spirit since the last Advent. Create a plan to grow in faith and spirit in the coming Advent. Determine how we’re going to make this upcoming Advent season and Christmas celebration the most powerful and spiritual time in our faith journey yet! May the God of Perfect Love bless each of you and your families in these ordinary times as well as in the extraordinary times.
Blessings, Deacon Steve
October 17, 2020
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