Today is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. So I figured, it's about time we dive into what the heck that means. First of all, it does NOT mean unimportant or boring. In fact, the name comes from the Latin root word, ordinalis. This word refers to numbers in a series. Once again, the Church, in her wisdom, gives us time to live an ordered life, apart from either feasting or fasting.
Instead of being in a period of intense waiting, these are the times when Christ is already with us! How can that be ordinary?! You know how you live your life, thinking nothing is changing, and then look back and everything is different? That's how I felt about college. Suddenly, four years was over in a blink. That's also how I think of Ordinary Time. It seems small and unimportant, like every day life. But when we get to Lent and look back, are we going to realize that we let the Lord transform our lives in this time? Or that we ignored Him as this time was only ordinary, after all.
You'll also notice the Green vestments at Mass today. Although I'm a cradle Catholic, I never really knew the meaning behind the Liturgical colors. Either that, or my parents taught me and I wasn't listening. Which, let's be honest, is far more likely. Sorry parents. So yesterday, I did a little research on the when and why of Liturgical Colors. I put together a handy, simple free download to cover what I found! If you're interested, or want to try and teach your kiddos (be forewarned, it apparently doesn't always stick, ;) Grab the sheet below! Happy Second Sunday of Ordinary Time :)