Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.
Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Run Time: approximately 10 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 13:1-23.
The saints are the ones of whom Jesus said, ‘…blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.’ He’s calling all of us to have this kind of vision, this ability to listen to everything in our life as a sign pointing to God. But the saints are those who do this in a magnificent way.
I apologize for the audio problems which are ongoing from last week, but it is still possible to understand the Deacon as he explains what the cause for the spiritual aliments that beset us is and what their surest remedy is-
“We were made and designed for life. We Christians understand that [this desire] is for eternal life. Yet in the business of life we sometimes only live a shadow of a life.”
Our own efforts and labors have been an integral part of our dignity in the image and likeness of the Creator. That’s why it is such a challenge and really such a struggle – more than just financially – to be out of work. To lose that thing whereby I express the gifts that God has given me. And we run the risk of losing sight of that participation in the creative work of God, whether it comes to my gain and benefit or simply as a living out of the blessings God has given me. That participation is more than about ‘well, how useful am I?’ And we can say this is this attitude of St. Paul – to be busy about that for which God has equipped me; is about more than just, ‘well, do you have a job?’ But even for those, for those out of work or for even those unable, there is still some call to participate in the work of God.