From the Pastor:
FROM OUR PASTOR
I have to say that I’m a little angry with Fr. Troha! He’s on retreat and vacation – and I would never begrudge him that – but since he’s not here I have to write his bulletin column! It’s true that I’m rarely at a loss for words but having to put them down on paper can be a chore.
Let me first explain and omission on the liturgical calendar. This Friday, June 28, is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. I encourage as many of you as possible to celebrate this feast in which we see that Jesus doesn’t just love us as God but as a Man too! Ordinarily the next day would be the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Someone approached me after Mass and asked why it wasn’t on the calendar this year. I was puzzled myself for a few minutes until I checked.
June 29 is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul and it supersedes the Memorial. In fact, when the 29th falls on Sunday that supersedes the regular Sunday of Ordinary Time. Next year the Immaculate Heart will be on its customary day.
We are now in Ordinary Time; on the day after Pentecost I told the folks at the 7:30 Mass that I like Ordinary Time since I can wear green. There can be a misunderstanding about Ordinary Time and what it means. The name is derived from the word “ordinal” having to do with the designation of the Sundays, 10th, 11th, etc. “Ordinary” in this usage doesn’t really mean commonplace – but, by extension, it kinda does!
While we have celebrations and special events in our daily lives, most days aren’t all that special. We go to work, go shopping, mow the lawn, do the dishes and so forth. This isn’t a bad thing. If every day was Christmas, we’d probably get bored. I’m reminded of Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day. He has to repeat the same day over and over again, becoming so despondent that he even tries unsuccessfully to take his own life until he learns to make the most of each day until he can finally wake up to February 3.
The Church understands this so we have different seasons and celebrations Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter punctuated by and separated by Ordinary Time to help us understand that God’s Presence and His Mercy aren’t given to us in “dribs and drabs” only a few days out of 365 but daily and in abundance!
Let us therefore rejoice in the day-to-day, run-of-the-mill ordinary moments that God gives us and that we give back to Him.