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Ordinary Time

What does it mean to be Ordinary?

Routine? Usual? Typical? The same as what has gone before? Is it dull, boring, without surprise? Does being ordinary make something labeled ordinary plain? Full or overly full of "the same old same old"?

But is that what the church means when it numbers weeks between Trinity Sunday and the First Sunday of Advent weeks in "Ordinary Time"?

During these weeks we listen to the Word of God found in the Sunday Gospels. Rooted in them we hear the call to make visible the Gospel path we hear and pray each Sunday. There is nothing dull, boring, or even routine about that.

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Love Has the Last Word

In spite of all that may tend to discourage us, in spite of all we read in the newspaper or on social media, Goodness and Light are stronger than evil.

We need not fear, because we know that love has the last word.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:5)

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Jesus at the Center
If you were to ask me point blank: “What does it mean to you to live spiritually?” I would have to reply: “Living with Jesus at the center.” There are always countless questions, problems, discussions and difficulties that demand one’s attention. Despite this, when I look back over my life, I can say that, for me, the person of Jesus has come to be more important. Specifically, this means that what matters increasingly is getting to know Jesus and living in solidarity with him. There was a time when I got so immersed in problems of society that my whole life had become a sort of drawn-out, wearisome discussion. Jesus had been pushed into the background or had himself, become just another problem. Fortunately, if hasn’t stayed that way. Jesus has stepped out in front again, so to speak, and asked me: “And you, who do you say that I am?” It has become clearer to me than ever that my relationship with Jesus is the heart of my existence.

Sr. Jackie Bates, rc, is the Young Adult Ministry Coordinator and the Local Vocational Contact in Metairie, Louisiana. She is a certified Master Catechetist and is also involved in the ministry of directed retreats and spiritual direction. She joined the Cenacle Sisters in July of 2002 and is currently in her Temporary Profession.        
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