ordinary time

BEFORE THE CROSS | Move on with a renewed attitude, energy

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the guest speaker at St. Louis Young Adult’s Theology on Tap May 10 at Kirkwood Brewing Station. He took time to visit with the audience.

The transition to Ordinary Time is one of the most stunning transitions we Catholics make. We've been basking in the glory of the Easter season for 50 days. It's Pentecost, and we're celebrating the gifts of the Spirit. Then we wake up the next day and it's "Ordinary Time." That can seem like such a letdown.

But if we take it as a letdown, we miss the point: Receiving the Holy Spirit — being filled with Jesus' own life — is supposed to become the fundamental pattern of everyday life.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Sacrifice necessary to live the culture of the Gospel

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The first and third readings of the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time are symbolic of God taking a tiny organism and turning it into a large and life-giving plant. When Ezekiel says God will take a tender shoot and plant it "on a high and lofty mountain," he might be suggesting the tree of the cross, planted on Calvary.

In the Gospel, Jesus uses a similar image in the parable of a tiny mustard seed sown in the ground. When it springs up, "it becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade."

THE GOOD STEWARD | Ordinary Time is a season of grace

Dan Conway

Time is a gift of God. Time is integral to God's creation. What God made and determined to be good includes the movement of history. Time had a beginning -- eons ago -- and it will have an end when the Lord returns on the Last Day.

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