We’re into Ordinary Time in our liturgy after the Feast of the Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus. Christmas Time is over. So there’s nothing to do till Lent and the Easter season?
Sure there is. Ordinary Time is a time for daily prayer and remember– daily prayer is never over. The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Liturgy insisted that daily prayer is at the heart of the Christian life and created a daily lectionary of scripture readings so “ the treasures of the bible be opened more lavishly for the faithful at the table of God’s word.” (SC 51)
The daily lectionary is a treasure for praying with the scriptures, but let’s not take it for granted. Treasures, Jesus said, are usually hidden and you have to dig for them. That’s what we do in daily prayer. The liturgy is always a “work”, our daily work, an important work, a daily prayer. It’s the “summit” of the Christian life. We’re always at the beginning, not at the end.
We begin today to read from the Letter to the Hebrews and the Gospel of Mark from our lectionary. There are feasts of the Lord and his saints to celebrate in the days ahead. It’s a lifelong learning we’re into, a school that God provides, and we learn day by day.
JANUARY 14 Mon Weekday (First Week in Ordinary Time)
Heb 1:1-6/Mk 1:14-20 (305) Pss I
15 Tue Weekday
Heb 2:5-12/Mk 1:21-28 (306)
16 Wed Weekday
Heb 2:14-18/Mk 1:29-39 (307)
17 Thu Saint Anthony, Abbot
Heb 3:7-14/Mk 1:40-45 (308)
18 Fri Weekday
Heb 4:1-5, 11/Mk 2:1-12 (309)
19 Sat Weekday
Heb 4:12-16/Mk 2:13-17 (310)
20 SUN SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Is 62:1-5/1 Cor 12:4-11/Jn 2:1-11 (66) Pss II