What is ordinary time? What is an ordinary day for you: hectic and busy filled with schedules, appointments and unending responsibilities that make you long for more time? Or are your days too long, lonely, quiet and missing the companionship of others? To be sure both of these and everything in between make up ordinary days for the People of God.
In our Church, Ordinary Time is the longest of all Liturgical seasons, some 33 weeks of the year we celebrate Ordinary Time. The other Liturgical seasons include; Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum and Easter. So as a people of God we meet weekly to celebrate the Eucharist in what we might identify as an ordinary thing for us to do on Sundays. However, what happens in the Eucharist is anything but ordinary!
What happens in the Eucharist is pure gift; the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. And though we can slip into thinking the consecration, through the prayers of the priest and the calling down of the Holy Spirit upon ordinary bread and wine, is routine, it is not something to take for granted. Our souls are nourished by the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and we receive grace as we accept the Bread of Life and the Cup of our Salvation. We are made holy as we participate in the sacrament and we are blessed beyond our knowing as Jesus becomes part of who we are.
How then are we to spend our ordinary days? What are we called to as disciples of Jesus and recipients of his very
Body and Blood? We become what we eat – that is how we are made holy – we become, not in an ordinary way, but in an extraordinary way, the true Body of Christ.
Because of the gift of Jesus within us, we are now equipped to take the Good News of Jesus to the world; in the way we live, the way we treat others, in our attitudes, our ability to forgive and in the way we love one another; family, friend and stranger. We are made strong, faithful and ready to serve God’s people.
Let us take time this week to think about and truly appreciate the gift of Jesus Christ in our lives. Let us reflect on how knowing Jesus and receiving him in the Eucharist enhances the person God intended we be. Let us be grateful in an extraordinary way for the true gift of life, found only in Jesus.
Extraordinarily yours in Christ,