Hopefully the monsoons of spring have abated into gentle summer showers. Everything has turned green, and winter is but only a memory. The Easter Season for 2019 has also come to an end, and the Church now enters a long period of what is referred to as Ordinary Time.
Question: But what does Ordinary Time mean?
Answer: Because Ordinary Time refers to the period of the Catholic
Church's liturgical year that fall outside of the major seasons (Advent,
Christmas, Lent, and Easter), and because of the connotations of the term
"ordinary" in English, many people think Ordinary Time refers to the parts
of the Church year that are unimportant. But nothing could be further
from the truth.
Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.
Over these many weeks, until we begin the Church cycle once again with Advent, listen carefully to the gospels that offer hope and direction to our daily life.