Category Archives: Ordinary Time

In tune with The Twelve

Colours are used to denote the various seasons in the liturgical year. Purple which represents anticipation and preparation is the colour of Advent and Lent, red for feasts of the Lord’s passion, Blood and Cross while white symbolizes purity, joy and triumph so it is the most appropriate colour of Christmas and Easter. In this season of Ordinary Time  the vestments are predominantly green, signifying the season of hope and growth.

In contemplating the mysteries of Christ we reflect not only on his life and miracles but his teachings as well. It was Christ of course who taught his apostles to say the ‘ Our Father ’ saying,  ‘ So you should pray like this ’ ( Matthew 6:9 ), because Christ himself gave to all who did receive him, the power to be children of God ( John 1:12 ). Thus God was father to the apostles. Therefore just as the apostles did, we too in receiving Christ pray in the same way, in harmony and with one accord to ‘ Our Father who art in Heaven ’

St Cyprian, bishop of Carthage in the third century was an important Early Christian writer who spoke of the God of peace, the teacher of harmony who taught us unity and willed that each one of us should pray for all. Hence each of us does not ask for bread alone nor that he alone should not be led into temptation. Instead we pray for all and as St Cyprian writes so eloquently ‘ Our prayer is public and for all, and when we pray, we pray not for a single person, but for the whole people because we are all one ’

Christians know of course that Christ had also said that ‘ …your Father knows what you need before you ask him ’ ( Matthew 6:8 ). So when we say this wonderful prayer that is so rich in spiritual power, all that we pray for to God is answered if we ask for it in the name of the son, to which I would add, if we ask as it says in this wonderful prayer, that ‘ thy will be done ’. So indeed we are asking to do His will and since He alone knows what we truly need, then if this is in accordance with His will, He will grant in His own time.

No picture to see this week since my equipment is being serviced but as you know, God comes to us in our hearts. That is where we meet and see Him.


In Ordinary Time

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The faithful will all be aware that when the season of Easter comes to a close, the Paschal Candle which has been on display and lit at masses since the Easter Vigil is moved from the sanctuary to the baptistery where it is used at baptisms. At funerals it becomes a symbol signifying Christian passing as a true Passover. This period between Trinity Sunday and Advent is known as Ordinary Time. During this part of the liturgical calendar, we celebrate the mystery of Christ in all its fullness.

Christ’s whole life is a mystery. In the Creed we learn of the mysteries of the Incarnation and of the Paschal mystery. It reveals nothing in particular about the life of Jesus of the form one would read in a biography. Yet, that which is written was recorded as it says in the Gospel of John so that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this, we may have life through his name. Thus there can be no denying the richness of the mysteries of Jesus.

Through the Gospels and the writings of men who were among the first to have known Christ, in the case of John, instructed by Jesus to write down all that he saw or as in the example of Paul, called by God to the faith, the deeds, miracles and words of Jesus himself are made known to us. They also reveal the Father since Christ himself had said

“To have seen me is to have seen the Father”

John 14:9

In undertaking his redemptive mission, Christ ensures that as we receive the sacrament of his body, we are also in receipt of his divinity and the salvation he brings.

The mysteries of Christ are not in the realm of a whodunit. Instead they are something unquantifiable, something that is of unlimited richness which when revealed to us assures us of endless grace and the continued love of the Father.

In his death through which all our sins are taken away and by his Resurrection, Christ justifies us and brings us once again to the Father. In the picture of man’s journey then, what we had lost in Adam, we would recover in Jesus.

Just as Christ himself made his journey from a boy into manhood and as we heard at this past weekend St Paul made his own unique journey from persecutor of the church to Apostle of Christ, it too is our unique and personal journey when we are called to follow Christ and in going with him, complete our journey to the Father.