Sunday, February 26

Always Time for Me to Go Running

Today is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Lent starts on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday.

On the first Sunday of Lent, I will run the Little Rock Half-Marathon.

There are six weeks of Lent, a preparation for Easter.

Easter, for Catholics, Orthodox and others who follow the liturgical calendar, is not a day. It's too much joy to fit into just 24 hours. Easter is a season that lasts for seven weeks. It culminates with the feast of Pentecost.

On the day before Pentecost, I will run the Sunburst Marathon.

And after that, we return to Ordinary time. That continues until Advent, when we begin preparation for Christmas. But right now, Ordinary time is just about over and won't return until after I've completed the big race on the day before Pentecost.

It's now time to shift my training into a different level - physically, mentally and spiritually.


And what of this talk of Ordinary time anyway. I remember my friend Warren Farha once said, "How dare we call any of it ordinary time?"

No, our time is never ordinary. But ordinary refers to the Latin root ordinal, meaning counted. Our time is never ordinary. It's a gift from God.


Blogger BL said...

I couldn't think of a way to fit this into the original post....

But today during his homily, the priest asked, "Are we going to stumble into Lent? Are we going to stumble into Holy Week? Are we going to stumble into Hell?"

February 26, 2006 3:12 PM  

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