Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
“Ordinary???” Here we are. Ordinary time. There is a little Paulist Press book called the Ordo which describes Ordinary Time. “Besides the times of the year that have their own distinctive character, there remains in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thir-ty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated (like Advent, Lent or Eastertime), but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honored in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as "Ordinary Time.”

This year we have five ‘ordinary’ weeks until Ash Wednesday. After Pentecost, on May 24th, we hit ‘ordinary’ again. Then we go all the way to Advent ’21.

I know you lay awake at night wondering about these and all the other incredible mysteries that govern the Church’s life of worship. Not to worry. It’s my job to worry for you. And you’ll be glad to know that after 52 years, I don’t worry too much.

Nothing reminds me more of ‘ordinary’ than to come to the sanctuary and find all the Christmas decorations have been put away.

(Speaking of which, I want to thank Ann Murry, Patricio Diaz-Pizzaro, Sue and Scott Martinez, Charlotte Newbury, and Patrick O’Dea for all their time blessing us with Christmas beauty and then storing it all for next year. Also, thanks to former long-time parishioner Angela McNaughton who just flew in from Colorado to help with putting things away. Now that’s commitment!)

Getting back to ebbs and flows of time, remember that our mission of Christian living is always calling us back to look again at the mystery of Christ. One of the great underpinnings of the way we worship, is always reexamining the meaning of why Christ came, what he did, and what it means for us. Precisely because Christ’s gift to us is such a huge mystery, there will always be something new to discover, some new insight to bring to our ever-changing lives.

As I said last Sunday, we don’t simply look at the historical fact of Jesus. We want to see how he did things. How did he make himself known? That will clue us in on how we are to live. He said, “Go and do likewise.”

He healed. He comforted. He cast out the evil. This past week, the readings at Mass have been about Jesus calling and forming his community of followers, beginning with the Apostles. All of it is important.

The genius of our worship is that we get exposed through our celebrations and scriptural cycles to the wonderful retelling of the story of our salvation. Talk about “ordinary.” Ordinary Indeed!

In Ordinary Time, our outward decorations are stored away carefully, and the modest decorations take their place. Perhaps that’s because now we are called to ‘decorate’ by living all the elements of Salvation we hear about each Sunday. The stories move our hearts and guide our actions.

Those actions are anything but... “Ordinary” Blessings on your heads and all the other parts that need it.

In Jesus,
sign frjim

PS My grandma used to say that if you forget something, it’s either not important or a lie. I think perhaps I might add a third: age. Someone gave me a lovely little Mikasa plate with the Nativity etched in it, and I am embarrassed to say that somehow the card got separated from the gift. Can anyone help an aging pastor?

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