With The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord behind us, we enter into what is referred to as a period of “Ordinary Time” in the liturgical cycle of the Holy Mother Church. This ‘ordinary time’ will carry us through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of the season of Lent. Though it is referred to as ‘ordinary’ the actual translation means ‘time during the year‘ and we should not be lulled into a sense of boring, non-extraordinary days! The Church calendar is filled with Feasts of the Saints, both widely known and those lesser known Saints that lived their lives on earth and are recognized for their holiness, and how they lived their lives committed to their love of Christ.
These are the days we should look at our calendar and learn these names, learn about these Holy Saints. These men and women who devoted their lives to knowing God…loving Him and serving Him so that they could be with Him in Heaven. In doing so, we can be assured that we will find nothing ordinary about any day, when lived with our heart and eyes focused on the extraordinary lives of those who embraced the Holy Catholic Church.