Just a Friday in Ordinary Time

For many people there is nothing very special about today. For some it will be memorable, because this is the day on which they will marry, give birth, or lose a spouse or friend. For others it will be the day on which they receive good or bad news, see, hear or taste something new, discover a composer, poet or painter they had never known before. For a few, it will be the day on which, for the first time, they acknowledge that God is, and all former objections and hesitations fall away.

There is nothing very ordinary about Ordinary Time. In the monastery we are reading through the so-called Liturgical Code (chapters 8 to 20 of the Rule of St Benedict) which specifies how the various Offices or Liturgical Hours are to be celebrated. Today, for example, we are looking at the order of psalmody at Prime. To some that may appear dry as dust: a list of Psalm numbers that mean nothing very much. But to anyone who prays the Psalms, who joins him or herself with all the generations who have prayed the Psalms down the ages, above all Christ himself, it is anything but dry. It is life-giving; and the fact that it is also Friday, when we recall the Passion and Death of our Saviour, makes it doubly special. Just a Friday in Ordinary Time? Perhaps. But also a day on which to glorify God and give thanks for all that is.