Following Pentecost Sunday, we enter into Ordinary Time. In the Church liturgical year it is the longest season, taking us through until Advent. This season is represented by the colour green, symbolizing hope and growth. We have embraced the high points of the Church calendar, but no less important is this period of time in which we focus on growth, consistency and maturity as we immerse ourselves in the finished work of Christ.
Many times in Scripture, a believer’s life is compared with the growth of a tree (Psalm 1, Jeremiah 17) and our “success” or the result of living in Christ is portrayed as fruit (John 15, Galatians 5:22,23). Maturity in Christ cannot be rushed. We prepare the soil of our hearts, but ultimately it is a work of the Spirit that allows fruit to grow in us. This is precisely the heart of the early Church as we see in the book of Acts: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”(Acts 2:42). Accordingly, this is a season that beckons us to commune with the Body and unite more deeply with the Lord in Eucharist, to celebrate our daily call to follow Christ by immersing ourselves in the Holy Scriptures and to grow in our devotion to prayer. In embracing this stance as believers, by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit upon us, we can endeavor to become extraordinary messengers of the Gospel, as we’ve been commissioned to be through baptism in Christ.
The season of Ordinary Time is an opportunity for us to unitedly commit to growth and maturation that will, in turn, impact our families, church body, and mission. We hope that this prayer guide will be a helpful tool in your pursuit of healthy habits of prayer and Scripture reading. It is our desire that together, we would “…grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15,16)