Ordinary Time

The Catholic Church has seasons, just like the natural world does. Our seasons are based on what is happening in the Church as to what season it is. I’ve spoken about the Liturgical seasons before if you want a quick lesson in that. If not, stay here and we’ll chat about Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time begins after Pentecost and continues all the way until Advent.
During Ordinary Time this yea, we are reading from the Gospel of Matthew on Sundays. There are various feast days and celebrations, most notably yesterday was Trinity Sunday and next Sunday will be Corpus Christi also known as the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
This is my favorite time of year. It is a time to really learn who Jesus is through the gospel readings and learn about all that he did while in his ministry. It is a chance to hear the parables, to learn how to follow Jesus, and to be reminded of what makes a disciple.
Maybe you were caught up in Lent with sacrificing and then celebrating during Easter. Now is a good time to get back to focusing on daily prayer. Maybe you want to learn a new prayer and try to memorize it. When is the last times you memorized a new prayer? For me, it was years ago when I first began learning about St. Ignatius of Loyola. I was taken by this prayer, Suscipe, and memorized it. Other than that I know the prayers of the Mass and the Rosary and then the Memorare and Holy Spirit prayer. Hmm, I may need to memorize a new prayer this season! There is certainly no lack of possibilities.
Another good idea is to read the daily Mass readings every day. I also am a big fan of reading the Sunday readings before I go to Mass. Read them with your family and discuss; repetition helps to remember, no matter what age. By reading scripture daily you learn more, you read the Bible which is one way to know God better.
Use Ordinary Time to grow and deepen your faith. If you do, it will not seem ordinary at all!
If you’d like, add a link to your favorite prayer so others can learn a new prayer or two.

Deanna Bartalini

Deanna Bartalini is a Catholic wife, mother and educator. It seems no matter where life leads her, she is always teaching someone about something, especially about faith, the Church and how it all fits into our daily lives. Meeting people on their faith journey and walking with them is her greatest joy and most rewarding endeavor.

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