Our liturgical vestments are green and during these weeks until Lent the Church celebrates “Ordinary Time.” The English word “ordinary,” however, may give the wrong impression. The first definition of the word “ordinary” in Webster’s Dictionary is: “of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional.” Other definitions include: “plain and undistinguished,” “somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre,” and “customary; usual; normal.”
Suffice it to say that this weekend the Church is not celebrating the “Third Sunday of Mediocre Time.” What then is the significance of these “green days” in the liturgical calendar?
For the Church, “ordinary time” is a time of grace and growth. Ordinary time is indeed customary and usual, but it is anything but “unexceptional.” Ordinary time is the celebration of the fact that God is with us not just on special occasions. To the contrary, God is with us and is at work among us in normal, day-to-day, ordinary circumstances – each and every minute of each and every day. No time is outside of God’s love and providence.
In the course of life, special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, are marvelous and often memorable. But these extraordinary times are a small percentage of life. The “stuff of life” is the day in, day out unfolding of our lives, the living out of our vocations, the development of our relationships. The same is true of the life of the Spirit. In the “ordinary stuff” of life, in our families and in our neighborhoods, in our places of work and in God’s love is quietly yet powerfully at work.
As the rains have recently nourished plant life, turning our hillsides green, the color green is used liturgically to symbolize the slow but steady growth in life that occurs in the ordinary circumstances of our days. For all of us, may these days of Ordinary Time be full of grace and growth for each of us!
May Jesus, who came so that we might have life and have it to the full (John 10:10), accompany us throughout the journey of life. May Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!
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