This week after the Christmas season, we return to what the Church calls “Ordinary Time” and so called after ordinal numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. It does this to distinguish it from the liturgical seasons – Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Actually, time isn’t ordinary at all. Along with space and matter, it was created by God. Before the creation of the world, time didn’t exist. We often take time for granted, but we shouldn’t. We are only given so much of it in this life, and unlike money, we can’t get any more of it. Queen Elizabeth I as she lay dying allegedly said, “I would give away all my possessions for just one more day on earth.” Hopefully, we will use our time wisely so that we will look forward to leaving time here to enter eternity with Jesus, Mary and the saints.
In the gospel today (John 1:35-42), we see John, Andrew, and Peter using their time wisely by spending it with Jesus, not only that day but every day. Is there a message there for you and me?
“Ask our Lord for the grace to think only of him and to desire only to please him in all you do during your whole life.”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars