THE SEASON OF THE SPIRIT
Ordinary Time is called ”ordinary” not because they are common but simply because the week of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ‘ordinals’, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the word ‘ordo’, from which we get the word order. The weeks are numbered because this time of the year is not associated to specific seasons and is connected with growth and fruitfulness in our Christian lives.
It is the season of the Spirit. It is a season to celebrate and give thanks for the creation and all the beauty and other gifts of nature. It is a time for thoughtful and reverend stewardship of creation through its use and care. It is a time to recall the history of God’s people and the ways God’s prophetic Spirit, calling, and wisdom came to them. It is a season when Jesus’ promise that ”the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you, ”is fulfilled. (John 14:26) How can you continue to be present with and for God in this season when life slows down and going to church weekly may not be your practice?
We live now in the weeks after Pentecost with the wind of the Holy Spirit in our sails. Our task for the months ahead in this season of Ordinary Time, which extends to the end of November, is to look at what Jesus so tenaciously taught his disciples and to see what is in these teachings for us as we carry out the work we have been given to do, Jesus promised his disciples a helper, an Advocate, who would stand with them making the work possible. This same helper, the Holy Spirit, hovers over us still, eager to quench the fire of fear and replace it with the powerful energy of love.
How can we keep focused on God? Where do we find Him when we are on vacation? How as Christians, do we respond to issues in our community? This is a season for learning about your faith. Do you have eyes that will see and ears that will hear? Follow Jesus, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in the ways of peace and loving service. Your gifts and prayers make a very real impact on this ministry every day. Remember the Lutheran Hour Ministries and look forward to see how the Lord will work through us.
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