We have just completed the Christmas period. Christmas trees, cribs and other Christmas items are once more put away for next year.
There is probably a mixture of sadness as we farewell another enchanted time, as well as some relief that we can get back to normal things!
What is normal?
The liturgical colour has moved back to green as we start a period of ‘Ordinary time’.
Over the last several weeks the liturgical colours started with purple in November, the first Sunday of Advent, and then progressed to white for Christmastide.
What is ‘Ordinary time’?
Green is the colour of hope. Green grass means good rainfall, and this means good crops and grazing fodder. Greenery is pleasant on the eyes, restful and awakening at the same time.
In the Christian context, liturgical seasons and celebrations remind us of the journey of life.
A helpful image that gives a bit of an insight into the liturgical seasons is that of a spiral staircase. There is a cycle aspect, repetitive while at the same time we are moving up.
Each time we revisit the main elements of the mysteries of faith in the liturgy, we are invited to delve deeper into what they represent, what they invite us to keep growing into.
We are also invited to grow in holiness. We are on a journey into eternal life.
We are called to have our feet firmly grounded on the earth, while aspiring to the heights of heaven!
Ordinary time is also an invitation to live the mystery of every day. The liturgical cycles remind us of the sacred enchantment of every moment.
We are constantly reminded not to get short-sighted, not to become mediocre, not to be trapped by the ‘ego’.
We are reminded to be people of hope, to be aware of the firm promise and reassurance of God’s infinite love and eternal life starting here on earth, but ongoing forever.
We are reminded to be infectious in loving.