Ordinary Time

The Rev. Jim Richardson, Priest-in-Charge

We now enter the long church season known as “Ordinary Time,” which comes after Pentecost and ends on the First Sunday of Advent in late fall. Depending on when Pentecost falls, Ordinary Time can last roughly 35 weeks.

You will notice on your church bulletins that each Sunday through the summer is noted as a Sunday “after Pentecost.” In the Church of England, Sundays are noted as coming “after Trinity,” and the season is commonly referred to as the “Trinity” season.

So why do we call it “ordinary” and what is the point? It isn’t really “ordinary” at all, in the common sense of the word. But it is “ordered” time comprising roughly half of the year.

Rather than focusing on a particular event in the life of Jesus (like his birth, death and resurrection), the Gospel lectionary lessons focus on his life and teachings. We will hear his parables and about his acts of mercy and healing. We are in Lectionary Year A so we will continue to hear these stories primarily from the Gospel of Matthew.

In the Old Testament, we will be hearing the sagas from Genesis – the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. These stories are foundational to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and are rich with tales of human frailties, God’s mercy, and even comedy. They are much worth hearing and reflecting upon.

Enjoy your not-so-ordinary time this summer!