Greetings! Happy Ordinary Time! We have just entered a period of Ordinary Time sandwiched between the Christmas and Lenten seasons. Have you noticed that we priests wear green vestments during Ordinary Time? Why is that? Aren’t we eagerly waiting for the first signs of spring? Green buds and leaves are the first signs of new growth after the long winter season. In like manner, after the seasons of Christmas and Easter, the green color of Ordinary Time is symbolic of the new growth of holiness seen in a soul after exiting these periods of grace.
In the first chapter of the gospel of St. Mark, we learn that as Jesus passed by Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea, He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” A little farther away, Jesus passed by James and his brother John. He called them too. All four men left everything and followed Jesus.
All of us are all called to follow Jesus. Now this might look a little different depending on your individual state in life, being single, married, married with children, a religious or priest, but make no mistake, everyone is all called to be holy.
My prayer is that having exited the Christmas season, you will spend less time on social media, surfing the net for news, using an electronic device, and more time in prayer talking to God, and invoking the intercession of the saints. And if you have a spouse or children, that you spend more time with them in prayer in addition to spending more time with them in loving attentiveness.
Without knowing much about you, I can say confidently, God is calling you to this. May this first patch of Ordinary Time be a time of great spiritual growth in your soul! Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us, Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, St. Joseph, pray for us, St. Cecilia, pray for us, all of our patron angels and saints, pray for us!
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
Fr. Christopher Kubat