The Year: Ordinary Time

That period of the year through Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost is regarded as extraordinary time. It marks the time in which God has inaugurated His new creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and the coming of His Holy Spirit.

The season after Pentecost to the beginning of Advent is known as ordinary time. It spans the non-festive period through the months of summer and fall.

Although we may be tempted to think of ordinary time as routine, or even mundane, the time after Pentecost is by no means “ordinary.” It is that time when God empowers His people to live and walk under the guidance of His Holy Spirit.

Ordinary time focuses on the things that are to be considered the norm in the life of the church. In ordinary time, every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection, and every day is an opportunity to live out the implications of the gospel. This same gospel informs us that to respond to Christ’s call to “Come, follow me” (Mark 1:17a), we must also respond to His admonition, “and I will make you fishers of men” (v. 17b). In ordinary time we are not only to be disciples, but to make disciples of all nations.

And wherever He calls us, we are to be anything but ordinary! Filled with the power of His Spirit, we are to be His witnesses to a wanting world.


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