January 19-20, 2019
The Joy of Ordinary Time!
From Fr. Anthony Ligato
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Well, here we are, back into Ordinary Time, The Festivities of Christmas are over; the trees and poinsettias’ have come down and the nativity, along with the other decorations have been packed away for another year. As wonderful as the celebration of the birth of our savior is, it is also nice to get back to Ordinary Time. After all, Ordinary Time is about the everyday journey of life that we take and how Jesus is with us not only in the Festive Seasons of the liturgical year but also in the more subdued experiences of Ordinary Time. Most of our faith lives are experienced in Ordinary Time. I should first explain what Ordinary Time means in the liturgical life of the Church. It does not mean that it is less important than Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter Seasons; it simply means we are not celebrating a particular season such as those I mentioned above.
In the Ordinary Time just as in those particular seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, the Church is living out and proclaiming the salvation that Jesus has won for us through his suffering, death and resurrection. What is occurring during Ordinary Time is that we are hearing the full story of the life of Christ. We hear of Jesus’ journey from the River Jordan to the Mount of Calvary. From the miracles and healings to the forgiveness Jesus offers; it all reminds us that there is nothing ordinary about our faith. The first of those miracles takes place at the wedding feast of Cana from John 2:111. This miracle of the water being turned into wine was not performed to save the host of the wedding from embarrassment because he ran out of wine, rather it was performed to reveal to others who Jesus was as the Son of God. The first miracle
happens during a festive wedding celebration but there is a reason for that also; Jesus is the bride-groom as Isaiah 62: 15 speaks about in today’s first reading. The reason for our rejoicing in festive seasons as well as in Ordinary Time is because the Bridegroom is among us and we the Church are his Bride. That first miracle reveals how that union would be brought about. From the water which signifies baptism to its being changed into wine, which is a foreshadowing of Christ’s blood being poured out on the cross, we are made one with God through the ultimate miracle of Christ’s passion and resurrection. Ordinary Time doesn’t seem so ordinary after all.
Yours in Christ,