Monday, January 11, 2010

No Ordinary Day

During this Christmas season I have sorely neglected this blog. How did it get to be January 11?!

Today is a significant day - it is the first day in the Church's liturgical season called Ordinary Time. But as a priest friend once said, when you know Jesus no day can be ordinary! Each day in the Scripture readings for Mass we learn something new about the Lord. I say "new" because, although we think we have heard the Scripture readings before, they pulsate with the action of the Holy Spirit, and each time we hear them there is something new to touch our lives. As we listen to the Gospel today we are not the same person we were when we heard it last year. (Sunday readings fall into three yearly cycles - A, B, C). So this is not any Ordinary Time - all things are new in Christ!

Click on and then select the day of the week for a look at the readings for the day. I have a daily Missal and I like to underline passages that leap out at me. I know that is God's word for ME for today. For example, the Gospel for today is taken from Mk 1:14-20

"After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God:“This is the time of fulfillment.The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the good news.” As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they left their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets.Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him."

The phrases in red were particularly special for me today. What passage leaps out to you as you read these words? What is Jesus saying to you in this passage. What is Jesus saying to you about Himself? Today is no Ordinary Day! Every day is a new day in Him.


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Brian said...

Beautiful blog - keep up the good work, and thanks for all the good information!

God bless!