THE WORK OF THE ORDINARY
The Lord says it is too little for us to restore the survivors of Israel; rather, we are going to do something new.
When we lay down our lives for the sake of someone else; when we live – not just in doing, but in thinking and being – when our heart is captivated and our soul sings – not for our own needs, but for the needs of someone greater. . . then we will be a light to the nations for the salvation of God.
But this is hard, soul-wrenching work. I mean it all sounds nice, but let me tell you. . . when you start to serve like this, it rattles you to the very core.
Perhaps that is why we hear this reading at the beginning of Ordinary Time again. Because the name is deceiving – or at least our feeling about it is. I mean we don’t like to dwell in the ordinary, but ordinary is where the life is. Ordinary is where we find our routines, and where we find our routines is where we see what we really care about. Ordinary requires discipline because you can’t just live off the emotional high or adrenaline rush.
The readings we hear in Ordinary Time are the ones about discipleship and how we actually LIVE the great extraordinary events like Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. They are readings that happen exactly after the Gospel we heard today – after the Baptism of the Lord – after our baptism – because that is when all of this starts to occur.
CLICK HERE for the readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34)