Well, it’s that time of year again. You know, that L-O-N-G stretch of Ordinary Time that lasts from June to November. 20 weeks of green … hello Ordinary Time. What could the Church possibly be thinking? How about this: Ordinary Time is the most important time of the whole year.
Working, paying, living, dying. It’s the ordinary stuff of ordinary life, and we do most of that in Ordinary Time. This is really the time when we weave the fabric of our lives, hopefully from the thread of the seasons and feasts we just celebrated. Think about it this way. What if we were only really intentional about showing our spouse or children how much we love them on the big occasions like anniversaries and birthdays, but largely ignored them the rest of the year? Do you think that might come off as a bit insincere?
It’s really how we love in between the anniversaries and birthdays — during the so-called ordinary times — that builds the trust that leads to security and intimacy in those relationships. We love well by loving consistently and loving in the ordinary things. By doing so, we do something quite extraordinary. With the authenticity that can only come from the lived-out experience of being loved, we communicate with our whole being, “I love you, not just part of you but all of you, all the time, no matter what.” We reveal to those people the very love of God.
Listen to the full homily: