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?

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