Now that we are past Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, we as a church spend the next almost six months in the season of Pentecost (e.g. the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, et al). It is the longest of the liturgical seasons, using the same color green as Epiphany, as well as the term “ordinary time,” which is also shares with that other verdant season.
“Ordinary time” is not meant to suggest something quotidian or boring, but normative and familiar to Christians. For Epiphany, the focus was on learning about Jesus Christ, something we spend a lot of our lives doing as people of faith. For Pentecost, the focus is the work of the Church. If you listen carefully to the lessons, you’ll hear more instruction about how to live your life and less about Jesus’ miracles or his talking about God than you do in other seasons. This Sunday, for example, is about following Christ and the cost of that discipleship.
So settle in for a season learning about how to live your best life, the life that God wants you to live, and the green, vital life that can be.
Yours in Christ,