Going Green: the Return to Ordinary Time

To a new-born baby or a dying man there is no such thing as ordinary time: everything is shot through with wonder. It is much the same with the Church’s Ordinary Time, and for much the same reasons. As Christians we are both ‘new-born infants’ and one with Christ in his death. Ordinary Time is given us as an opportunity to explore the wonders of God’s grace and its working out in time and space. Sunday by Sunday, feast by feast, we shall trace the history of our salvation until Advent bursts upon us again and we begin retelling the story of Christ’s birth, death and Resurrection in a specially intense way. The liturgical colour associated with Ordinary Time is green, the colour of every day, of grass, of growth in general. If we feel a little flat this morning, it is good to remind ourselves that we have entered upon the season of growth. Ordinary Time is really rather extraordinary in its effects. ‘Going green’ liturgically, so to say, is more than just an eco-friendly statement of intent. It is a commitment to living as Christ wills every day of our lives, and what could be more radical than that?


5 thoughts on “Going Green: the Return to Ordinary Time”

  1. I’m still buoyed up by Pentecost and Trinity is on the horizon next week. And many other feasts coming along.

    The excitement of Easter and Pentecost last quite a long time for me as I seek to make each day meaningful and the way things are developing in my parish, makes that such a worthwhile thing to be doing.

    Somehow being in a vibrant, lively parish, working with other churches in so many different ways becomes exciting in itself. As a Bishop said a couple of years ago at a confirmation service – ‘were here on God’s business’ which holds good for me still.

    Keeping God central brings that very much into focus and re-energizes me, and many others. So Ordinary time on God’s business ceases to be ordinary and becomes extraordinary 🙂

  2. As I entered the church this morning, it felt like Christmas after the decorations are taken down. The pascal candle had gone from the sactuary and everything seemed plain and ordinary. Then we celebrated Mass, listened to how Elijah was obedient to the calling of The Lord, and Jesus gave that beautiful sermon on how to live our lives. Moments later we received the Body and Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Today is anything but ordinary, it is indeed the beginning of an extra-ordinary season, one which we need to share urgently with our brothers and sisters.

  3. Feeling flat may be one experience after the 50 days of Easter, but in some ways there is also a sense of liberation. The Holy Spirit opens up vistas of possibility unencumbered by too many themes. I like to think of Pentecost, the feast in which the whole story from Advent through to Ascensiontide is brought to fulfillment among the human family, as spilling into ‘Ordinary’ time, filling it with creativity and opening up the presence of Christ in least expected places. ‘Going Green’ can become for us a fullness of life in every arena – including the ecological but far beyond ‘to the ends of the earth’ into the whole cosmos until the its fulfillment in the feast of Christ the King.

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