The days slant away from the light and the moments are silver, etched onto the edge of time. We begin to prepare our hearts for Advent but the church calendar tells me we are still in ordinary time. The liturgical year is divided into the seasons of Lent/Easter, Advent/Christmas, and Ordinary Time. In this case the term “ordinary” does not mean “usual or average.” We get the term from the Latin word ordinalis, which means to be numbered in series. Therefore, Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” simply because the weeks are numbered.
In Ordinary Time, we celebrate the mystery of Christ as a whole—his life, ministry, miracles, and teachings. These days remind us to view all of life through the lens of holy. When God took on flesh and became one of us, didn’t he elevate the dignity of human nature for us all? Did he not infuse resurrection into the ordinary moments? Elevating the passing of time to something holy? When we number the days—when we count the moments, the moments count, don’t they? By simply paying attention our awareness of the holy in each moment is heightened.
I’ve been trying to pay attention. So last night, when I am doing yoga and I hear the strumming of a guitar through his bedroom door, I am a moth to a flame. I sit on his bed with Bonnie and he plays for me. His fingers move across those frets, sure and steady and I see him become the song.
Sometimes, when I watch my children, I can’t believe that something so beautiful came from this body. I watch the way they move, how the corners of their mouths pull up into a smile, the squint of their blue eyes…and I am amazed.
We cannot get these moments back.
Tomorrow morning we drive for hours to look at more colleges, try to weigh the future out with one hand.
Here is one way I will count the moments holy: I will ask him to make music for me more often.
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