“Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.”
― Brian Andreas
Today the Church transitions from the rich Christmas season to Ordinary Time. Some of us may have felt that the Christmas season was far too short this year, as solemnity after solemnity arrived in rapid fire with little space to process. Some of us may be relieved that Christmas is “over”, since it brought more stress and sadness than peace and joy this year. And last year. And the year before.
Regardless of where our hearts are right now, we can be found in His heart. Jesus is not afraid to invite us into His heart, right here, right now. He is not afraid let us “mooch” off of His virtues — in fact, He desires to live His courage in you, and His patience in me and His hope in us. Today. Ordinary Time. Will we let Him love us right here?
Today’s Gospel gives us this pregnant proclamation from Jesus:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
This is the time. It is at hand. Today. Now. This moment. In this place you find yourself. Precisely here. Ordinary Time.
Jesus, how are you inviting me to embrace the Kingdom today?
Lord, how are you calling me to repent right now?
God, how can I let you love me in Ordinary Time?
Reflection written by Sr. Ruth Kuefler, AVI.