If Ordinary Time is normal time, and all of the Advent-Christmas-Lent-Easter-Pentecost stuff in the first half of the Church’s calendar was moving towards Ordinary Time as the goal, then just what is the Church’s idea of normal?
The answer is in the focus of the readings for Ordinary Time. Instead of focusing on major events, the readings in Ordinary Time are drawn from a period in Jesus’ life – his three years of public ministry. Jesus’ public ministry is the time of his miracles, his healings, his exorcisms, his teaching, and his presence – Jesus’ direct outreach to humanity.
If you ever wondered why the readings at Christmas name him as “Emmanuel” (literally “God with us”), this is the answer. And the reason for the hope symbolized by the color green. More on the readings for Ordinary Time tomorrow.