We are now in Ordinary Time when the Church celebrates the life of Christ. We are in between the seasons of Christmas and Lent. This year the ordinary time between these two great liturgical seasons is long—approximately eight weeks. It is tempting to fall into complacency during this time. After all, it’s ordinary, usual, and nothing really special. Yet the Church calls us to reflect upon what Ordinary Time means for us spiritually.
For some, it is an opportunity to get our spiritual house in order—a kind of winter cleansing of body and soul. It can be a time for getting rid of those possessions, attitudes or behaviors that prevent us from fully encountering God. For others it may be a time to begin a new spiritual project—engaging in bible study, recommitting oneself to deepening one’s prayer life. It may also be a time for reconnecting with friends or relatives with whom we have lost contact. Whatever we do during this ordinary time above all we should be growing in holiness and in our relationship with God.
May this ordinary time not be wasted or ignored, but may it help us to become the person whom God wants us to be.