We have begun Ordinary Time in the Church’s liturgical year. It starts now until the start of Lent and again after Easter until Advent. During this time, the prayers and readings have us accompany Jesus in his public ministry. We hear of His healings, His signs and miracles, and His all important teachings so that we can be reminded, reaffirmed and challenged to live the Christian life.

We are told by the Lord to forgive, accept others generously, be healed and serve as his instruments of healing, be humble and prayerful, and put our trust in God. So Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary. It is rather extraordinary, indispensable and fundamental to our following of Jesus. It is a continuous image of Jesus in the life of the Church and in our everyday hearts, thoughts and actions.

Follow the Lord, and life will be anything but ordinary.