- Sarah Beth Dippel
PUT DOWN ROOTS
TUESDAY OF THE NINTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
Can you believe we are back to ordinary time? It's been so many weeks. It was before the pandemic changed nearly every aspect of our ordinary lives.
The Liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green—a color associated with hope and growth.
Yet Ordinary time is anything but ordinary. Ordinary time is when life happens. It is when through hope and grace, we deepen our life of faith. We cannot grow roots in our knowledge of Christ if we only show up for special celebrations like Christmas and Easter. Living a life of Christ is a daily celebration. The roots of a plant give it stability, roots grow slowly, like our faith, deepening and maturing over time.
Today's reading from St. Peter says,
Be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled and to fall from your own stability. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:17-18)
Growing in knowledge of the Lord allows us to know ourselves. When tested by the strong winds of evil, we are stable and sure of our belief in Him because of the roots of faith that have grown deeper each day. By His grace, we reject Satan and all of His evil works.
Ordinary time is a time of conversion and allowing the Word of Christ to penetrate our hearts more deeply that we may grow in grace.
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