June 14 Mon Weekday 2 Cor 6:1-10/Mt 5:38-42
15 Tue Weekday 2 Cor 8:1-9/Mt 5:43-48
16 Wed Weekday 2 Cor 9:6-11/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
17 Thu Weekday 2 Cor 11:1-11/Mt 6:7-15
18 Fri Weekday 2 Cor 11:18, 21-30/Mt 6:19-23
19 Sat Weekday [Saint Romuald, Abbot; BVM] 2 Cor 12:1-10/Mt 6:24-34
20 SUN TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jb 38:1, 8-11/2 Cor 5:14-17/Mk 4:35-41
Green is the liturgy’s color for ordinary time. Not white, the bright light of Eastertime, or red the color of blood and fire. or purple the color of penance. Green is earth’s color, the color of slow growing trees and grasses– of ordinary time.
An unknown 4th century spiritual writer describes the ordinary ways the Holy Spirit works in us. “‘In varied and different ways’ invisible grace leads us. Ordinary time doesn’t mean that every day’s the same. Sometimes we find ourselves sad at the state of things; sometimes we joyfully hold the whole world in our arms. Sometimes we feel helpless; sometimes we think there’s nothing we can’t do. Sometimes we’re brave; sometimes we escape into the supposed safety of ourselves looking for peace.”
Far from taking us away from the human condition, the Spirit leads us by human steps in human time. Ordinary time is the natural, slow roller-coaster of life; the Spirit leads us on.
The psalms are great prayers for ordinary time. They take you from one human experience to another. If you don’t experience what a certain psalm describes, wait awhile–you will.
Morning and Evening Prayers, Week 3 see
These words are so encouraging. “Spirit leads us by human steps in human time. Ordinary time is the natural, slow roller-coaster of life; the Spirit leads us on.”