Living in Ordinary Time

Living in Ordinary Time

Two months have passed since my last entry and it seems like I wrote it days ago.  The season of Easter has ended and we now are living the season of ordinary time, according to the liturgical calendar.

What does it mean to live in ordinary time?  

Before my final year at the Seminary, I contemplated taking a leave of absence.  I was offered a promotion: "dream job" in my business field, traveling and good money with a bit of prestige.  The lure of this position seemed too good to pass up so I decided the Seminary could wait a few years.  I would return to the corporate training world to focus on financial security and fun.  After all, the Seminary wasn't going anywhere and I was weary of financial struggles.  I convinced myself that opportunities like this just don't come along everyday and I needed to take action.  I met with my Seminary advisor to discuss my current year evaluation and inform her of my decision.

Frankly, I am not sure what transpired during that conversation, but somehow I was given a new insight.   It became clear to me that I prefer to live in the time of the "liturgical seasons" and that I was not a fan of "ordinary time."  I love Advent, Lent, Easter--all the various liturgical seasons but when it comes to the day in and day out ordinary time calendar, I become bored and restless!  

My advisor challenged me to embrace the opportunity to finish my Masters of Divinity degree as an exercise in living in the "ordinary time."  

I left that meeting with a new question:  could I live in this ordinary time and trust that all would work out?  Did I have the courage to walk forward toward the unknown, passing up what seemed to be a promise of security?  Could I stay engaged in the ordinary time of my life and finish this degree? 

Yes, I could and yes, I did.

Ordinary time has become my friend, as a result of trusting the challenge of my advisor.  As I learn to be faithful during all the seasons of the liturgical year, I discover that it is in the ordinary time of my life that I am able to regroup, take time to smell the roses and allow the Spirit to move deeply in my being.  

May we all, in this season of ordinary time, allow our roots to deepen; to grow into the love and mercy of our generous God, giving the Spirit opportunity to feed and nurture our very beings.  Breath in, Breath out...and relax.

Blissfully, Susan

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def. Bliss: -noun Supreme Happiness, Utter Joy/Contentment; the Joy of Paradise!