Revd Kat Campion-Spall, Associate Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, considers the blessing of living in 'ordinary times'.
church has now entered the long season of “ordinary time” which will
see us through the summer and well into the autumn.After the wonder of
Christmas, the solemnity of Lent, the darkness of Good Friday, the joy
of Easter, and the fire of Pentecost, it’s now, just… ordinary.It does
seem a little strange to have a dedicated period of ordinariness, a kind
of default season with no particular theme.But that’s how life is too –
we have highs and lows, but a lot of the time, things just tick
along.For many people living through suffering, stress or sorrow,
ordinary is what they yearn for.You’ve probably heard of the traditional
Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times” – with the unspoken
flipside of that, which we can presume would be given as a blessing,
“may you live in ordinary times”.The second collect at Evensong, in a
similar vein, prays that we “may pass our time in rest and quietness.”
ordinary time isn’t about nothing happening.The liturgical colour for
the season is green – a colour of life and growth.Although times of
challenge and change in our lives do cause us to learn and grow, we also
need times of rest, of quietness and ordinariness for the slow and
steady rooting of our lives in God, and growth as Christian
disciples.Ordinary time isn’t a time to stop, but a time to steadily
attend to the daily necessities of our lives of faith.
May we all live in ordinary times.