This Sunday is the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The liturgical color is green as you can see from the vestments worn by the priest. The Church has completed the Lent and Easter Season and now moves into Ordinary Time which will lead up to the Feast of Christ the King just before Advent begins.
Ordinary Time as a liturgical season is anything but ordinary in the traditional sense. It is a season which reflects the cycles of life on earth and salvation history. We hear from the Gospel the teachings of Christ which are meant as encouragement to grow in faith. The green color chosen for Ordinary Time is reminiscent of our growing more faithful. Green becomes a sign of hope.
This weekend is Father’s Day. It is a time for cookouts, ties, and homemade gifts. As Catholics, we can also use the day to reflect on the Fatherhood of God, since it is the foundation of all fatherhood, the natural fatherhood of the family and also a priest’s spiritual fatherhood. As fathers, we are to reflect the compassion, love, and sacrifice of God our father, who is kind, merciful and strong.
This is a job that is not always easy, yet possible with God’s grace. It is especially appropriate to say thank you to God for the blessings of our fathers. We can also remember them in our daily prayers, especially those who have died. Sadly, if by chance, your father reflected a distorted view of fatherhood, excessive cruelty or abandonment we can use this day to pray for healing and strength.
Blessings, Father Dooley
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT Do I have a sense of hope in God’s goodness when I hear the Sunday Gospel? Am I trying to learn more about my faith during this ordinary time? How do I invite Christ Jesus into my life daily? Do I have a positive understanding of God’s fatherhood?