Treasuring the Ordinary

There is something about the return to Ordinary Time and the use of green vestments that is tremendously reassuring. We cannot live on the peaks all the time; we have to come down into the valleys and go about our ordinary tasks. Our salvation is worked out where we are, not where we are not.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t really treasure the ordinary until it goes from us. Walking to the ‘bus stop is a dreary trudge, until we can walk no longer. The rattle from the street is irritating, until we can hear no longer. And as for people, they can be maddening indeed, until they are no longer there to madden us. We seek the extraordinary and forget that it is in the ordinary that we are most likely to meet God. The ordinary is not something incomplete, waiting to be transformed into something better. It is for us the way of perfection, something to be treasured.

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7 thoughts on “Treasuring the Ordinary”

  1. I do like the ordinary because I sense that indeed this is where Godde is waiting for me to meet her and fall at her feet or in her arms, depending on the situation.
    I love this post and will celebrate ‘green’ in an altogether new way.
    Happy Summer Solstice, Sisters xoxo

  2. Your comment about returning to the use of green vestments has made me realize that while I love the church I attend right now, I sure do miss the structure and liturgy that is found in both the Catholic and Anglican church.

    Thankfully, God can and does meet us wherever we choose to seek Him.

  3. Thank you for this. I also found something helpful on a Patheos blog ‘A Musing Amma’ that gives me a sense of freedom about this time that accords with my Wimbledon/end of term feeling.

    “In the Church calendar we are now in Ordinary Time, a long swath of weeks where there are few major celebrations, so it is time to attend to what Kathleen Norris calls “the quotidian mysteries,” the way we meet and serve the Holy in small, daily encounters. Ordinary time encompasses the summer months, which for many who are calibrated to the academic year, are more spacious, leaving room for exploring, savoring, pondering, delving, ranging far and wide without tight and heavy schedules. I am anticipating with joy these next months of ordinary time.”

  4. I must say that returning to Ordinary time for me is very exciting: I get to wear the green vestments that were bought / made for me by my parish!

    It’s also a good time to get on with some parish business with sermons more directly aimed at guiding the local church.

    I love the church seasons, colours, liturgy; it gives one a feeling of progressing in a familiar sort of way…

  5. I am a musician in church, now I play with the Youth group, so we only play through the school year, but for a few years I played year around. I always liked the return of ordinary time. All of the special music for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter was nice, it was fun to learn all the new music. But it was always so nice to return to the favourite hymns that I knew people would sing along with.
    BTW, always sing, music ministers get awfully lonely up there playing with no one singing. I think God is the proud Father watching his children sing, and it’s ok if it’s not perfect He loves it anyway.

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