The cycle of the Church’s calendar is a way to mark time that follows a great rhythm of feasts and fasts and seasons. Each one has their own stories, songs, traditions, themes and colours that point us towards the work of God in the world and in our lives. We have now entered into a long, long, long green season, where we count time from its distance from Pentecost.

The 1st Sunday after Pentecost… The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost…. The 19th Sunday after Pentecost…. And so on and so forth.

However, we do not call this time the Season of the Sundays after Pentecost. Rather, we call it Ordinary Time – the great, green, growing time.

This past Sunday during children’s time, as I tried to share about the particular significance and gift of this period of the Church’s year, one of the children who was there raised her hand to give her thoughts.

“If something is special all the time, it’s never special”

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

That is the beauty, the blessing, the gift of Ordinary Time.

May we savour this opportunity to encounter God in the everyday and mundane. May we take this permission to not have everything always be the biggest, the best, the most, so that we may relish the feasts and festivals and celebrations all the more.

Thanks be to God!