WHAT IS “ORDINARY TIME”? After the purple of the Advent Season and after the white and red of the Christmas Season, we are back to wearing the green – the Church’s way of reminding us that we are back in Ordinary Time. But there is nothing “ordinary” about the lives we are called to live as followers of Jesus Christ. In fact, we are called to live “extraordinary” lives – lives of holiness centered in the Eucharist, enhanced by going to Confession, deepened through personal prayer each day – lives that give evidence to Gospel Values as we build peace, defend life, forgive one another, wash feet, hunger for holiness and live more patiently, kindly and compassionately – lives that touch the lives of others with the Presence of Jesus as we visit the sick, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, listen to the lonely. Think about it! There is absolutely nothing “ordinary” about living as a follower of Jesus Christ. We are called to live “extraordinary” lives so we bring the Presence of Jesus wherever our journeys take us – bring His Peace and Mercy to whomever we meet each day. Ordinary Time is not very ordinary at all. We cannot speak of Ordinary Time without speaking of Sunday. The Celebration of Sunday Mass is at the very heart and center of all times and seasons. How we live Sunday proclaims to the world what we believe about time and eternity. Christians gather to complete the week past and at the same time gather to begin the week future. Celebrating the Sunday Eucharist is remembering that on this first day of the week the Lord of Life, Jesus, was raised up! This is not ordinary at all. It is the fabric of Christian living. To leave Sunday Eucharist with the mandate to “announce the Gospel”, or to “glorify God by your life” or to “love and serve the Lord and one another” is to be reminded and challenged to live “extraordinary lives” as followers of Jesus Christ.
CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE: Four parishioners – Rick and Mary Puszert and Ellen Missert and Kathryn Missert – will represent our parish at the annual March for Life in Washington on January 18-19. They will join Bishop Malone and other women and men committed to the sacredness of life from throughout Western New York. Many of the events surrounding the annual March to Life – including the opening and closing Masses from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – will be covered live by EWTN Catholic television.
On the evening of January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Catholics are invited to place carefully a candle or light in the front windows of their homes. The candle serves as a reminder of the unborn babies that have been aborted since the 1973 Supreme Court decision. The candle is also a reminder of the Mercy of God that is available for anyone who has been involved in an abortion and of our commitment to work to end abortion-on-demand in our nation. Our belief is clear: “Human Life is a Gift of God, and, when God gives life, it is forever.”
(Pope St. John Paul II)