We are a people who tell time differently than other people. We still use the same clocks and schedules as everyone else, but we also use a special calendar to help us mark gospel time.
Consider some of the differences between the Christian and Cultural Calendars:
The Cultural Calendar tends to be man-centered. The special days are for Presidents, Lovers, Mothers, Fathers, Veterans, and Workers. Nothing wrong with that per se. However, one of the tragic features of the Cultural Calendar is the rhythm of consumerism and commercialism.
But the Christian Calendar is radically Christ-centered. The seasons and days are all centered on Christ and his Church. One of the features of the Christian Calendar is the rhythm of compassion and concern for others.
By following the Christian Calendar we are encouraged to live, move, and exist in the Story of the gospel throughout the year. That Story shapes our Lord’s day worship and daily walk with the Lord.
The Christian Calendar tells and re-tells the story of Christ and the Church in two parts. The first part tells the story of Jesus Christ from Advent to Pentecost (roughly December to June). The second of half tells the story of Christ’s Church from Pentecost to Christ the King Sunday (roughly June to November).
Sadly, as bright as it shines, the Christian Calendar is often dimmed by the Cultural Calendar. Still, the Story of God and his people continues to unfold.
So, against the cultural tide, we remind you that we are now in the season after Pentecost also known as Ordinary Time.
We are living in community in the truth of the gospel and we are going on mission in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In light of that grace and truth, ordinary time is rather extraordinary.
Note: The Christian church is not required to observe the Christian Calendar. It is a matter of Christian liberty and conscience (Romans 14). We do it because it is a good way to redeem the time and a good way to identify with the whole Church historic and catholic.