By: Ivonne J. Hernandez
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” (Mk 4:26-27)
Tomorrow we celebrate the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Through the Liturgical Calendar, our Mother Church guides us as we experience the ebbs and flows of the seasons together. Just like the disciples had to come down from Mount Tabor after the Transfiguration, so must we also come down from the highs of the Christmas and Easter celebrations, and get back to the usual, the normal, the ordinary.
I used to always look forward to “the next thing” – the next holiday, the next trip, the next event. The time in between these “events” felt empty, sad, lonely. I found that I could escape those feelings by focusing on what was coming up and so I did my best to do just that. I do not know if it is an effect of getting older (ahem…maturing), but I find myself welcoming the ordinary times in my life, the times in between big events, more and more each day.
When I think back of the times when God has felt closest to me, it is not during the hustle and bustle of a big celebration, but in the quiet after, when I look back and see how His hand guided me and held me. It is during that time of rest, when He fills me up with His love so I can continue loving those around me.
A family who is strong during a challenging time in life, became strong by sharing a life together, a life made up of many ordinary moments, eating together, working together, resting together. The same is with us, as we are part of the family of God. We come together every week, we share a table, we work together, and we rest together. We rejoice that, by the grace of God, we can call a time when we receive the precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, a time when the Holy Trinity comes to dwell in us, ordinary. We let our Mother, the Church on Earth, care for us and nurture the seeds of faith and love in us. We rest in the knowledge that we are loved and cared for. We rest in the heart of the Father, as the Kingdom of God is at hand.