Ordinary Time

We’re in a season of the church year that many call “Ordinary Time.”  It is observed after the Feast of the Epiphany, in January, and again after Pentecost Sunday, in the late Spring.  The term used to bother me, for reasons I never could quite explain, even to myself.  But as the years went on, I began to feel at peace with this liturgical expression, and it seemed to be a good reminder that most of our days are lived in ways that are quite mundane.  Oh, by the way, that word “mundane” comes from the Latin which means “world.”  And so it is; there are times when we’re lifted by Christmas carols and by the memory of the great acts of God.  But most of the time, we’re so earth-bound that it makes our feet (and our souls) ache.  And yet, it is only in the commonplace where we can see if any faith we claim is able to pass the test of relevance.