Back to ordinary time! The Easter season ended yesterday with the glorious feast of Pentecost. After 50 days of white vestments punctuated with yesterday’s red, we return to green vestments. The wheel of the liturgical year continues on.
Is it really ordinary? Well, of course not! When the Lord of the universe transforms ordinary bread and wine into His body, blood, soul and divinity at every Mass celebrated throughout each “ordinary” day, nothing ordinary remains. When we receive Him in Holy Communion, we become one with the trinity, & we are no longer ordinary.
How can we mark the ordinary to make it extraordinary? I think it happens in the simplest, smallest, and least noticed of circumstance. I thought I’d pass along a few of things I do:
Light a blessed candle & keep it in a prominent place to remind you to pray. I often buy Yankee candles or small votives & have them blessed. I put them in a votive glass & put it on the windowsill above my kitchen sink. The kitchen is central to the home, and whether I’m chopping vegetables, or doing dishes, or just passing through, I am reminded to pray. When my girls pass through they say, “Mom, who are you praying for?” It reminds them, too.
Offer up intentionally unnoticed deeds. I pick up stuff. I’m not sure how to describe this, but I’ll explain. It might be my daughter’s socks yet again on the dining room floor, it might be crumbs on the table, it might be trash in a parking lot, it might be holding a door for someone, it might be a smile – it can be virtually anything that I consciously choose to make as an offering to God. When I do, I pray, “Oh, my Jesus, is it for love of You, in reparation for the offense committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the conversion of poor sinners.”
Exercise that attitude of gratitude “giving thanks to God in all things” (1Thess 5:18). Look for the blessings right in front of you & say thank you to the Lord. We are abundantly blessed, & yet, we take it so much for granted. I often feel like the Israelites wandering in the desert: God gave them everything they needed, but they still groused, “Manna & quail again?” Say thank you for all the manna & quail in your life, because everything we have is from Him – each breath, each blink, each beat of our hearts, our waking & our sleeping, and everything in between.
Choose a virtue to work on for the day. Maybe you need to grow in faith, then choose to trust. Maybe you need to grow in generosity of thought, then give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you need to grow in charity of speech, then refrain from gossip. Maybe you need to grow in perseverance, then don’t give up. Start the day by asking your guardian angel to help you. Pray frequently throughout the for the Holy Spirit to help you. In each of these situations, pause & respond. Do not react. This is God’s work in you. Keep saying yes.
Most importantly & if at all possible, go to Mass. Receiving the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, the body, blood, soul & divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, makes every day extraordinary.
Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of (your) faith, the salvation of your souls.
May the peace of Jesus be your constant companion this day, Anne