Having made it just over two weeks into the new year 2017, perhaps the time has come to make a second (or third) attempt at fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions. What difference, after all, does an arbitrary date on the calendar have to do with making a change in our lives? If a change needs to be made, why wait? And if the secular calendar gets in the way, you can always turn to the Church’s liturgical calendar.
After four weeks in the Advent season preparing for Christmas, and a slightly unusual Christmas season ending on a Monday, the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church has finally entered Ordinary time. The time between Christmas and Lent, Easter and Advent. The time when Sundays are simply designated by number in order – ordinary time.
But nothing is mundane about Sundays in ordinary time. Each is a celebration in and of itself of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And there is nothing mundane or ordinary about the weekdays in Ordinary time, either. Each is a gift to be savored and celebrated, an opportunity to do good – or bad. To heal – or hurt. To bring together – or push apart.
As I write and publish this, it is the 16th day of the new year 2017. It is also the first Monday in Ordinary time. A first Monday seems like as good a time as any (and perhaps better than most) to try and make a new start.
So if you have fallen behind on a resolution, take heart. Tomorrow is a new day. It might be an ordinary day in ordinary time, but there is no reason it can’t become an extraordinary day.