Ordinary Time, Year C, 2022

While we move back into ‘ordinary time’ it is not ‘ordinary’ in the ordinary sense of the word, rather the term comes form the Latin ordinalis meaning ‘ordered’. The weeks are numbered in sequence, starting on the Feast of the Baptism as week 1 and working from there through to the end of this liturgical year. In all there are 33 or 34 Sundays in ‘ordinary time’ the remainder being allocated to Advent, Lent and Eastertide.

During Ordinary Time we encounter the parables and teachings of Jesus in a somewhat sequenced way from his starting his ministry denoted by his baptism through to his arrival into Jerusalem. We are invited into that journey of reflecting on his message in order to see how it speaks to us in this moment.

In this year of 2022 we are in Liturgical Year C and use the Gospel of Luke for the most part.


Resources on the Scriptures for the Weekends

Click on the image for the specific weekend to access the resources for that weekend.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

…today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing Luke 4:21


2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

…you have kept the good wine until now.

John 2:10

Styles of Meditation and Contemplation

There are numerous ways of engaging with experiences of God in our daily lives. The following are three that I find helpful at different times.

Meeting the Lord
in Imaginative Prayer

Richard Rohr of the Centre for Action and Contemplation (www.cac.org) explains this method.

We at the Center often teach the transforming effects of silence and unknowing. It has been my personal practice for years.

At the same time, one of the great gifts of Jesuit spirituality is to teach us how to draw closer to God through images, words, verbal prayer, our imaginations, and the Bible itself.

Click on the button below to read how writer and retreat leader Margaret Silf invites people into the riches of Ignatian contemplation

Lectio
Divina

Lectio Divina is a method of prayer that uses Scripture to facilitate one’s relationship with God.

This form of spirituality is distinctly Catholic, but similar methods are found in other religions.  Traditionally, there are four steps in the process – lectiomeditatiooratio, and contemplatio.  Each step is often thought of as “rungs on a ladder” leading up to the pure “experience of God” in contemplatio.  The process is also sometimes seen as circular, with each step enhancing the experience of the others.

Present,
Open,
Awake

Richard Rohr of the Centre for Action and Contemplation (www.cac.org) explains this method.

My friend and CAC teacher James Finley is a true contemplative!

I watch the crowds—from conferences to Living School students—settle in his presence almost immediately.

He is so centered in himself and in God that he is at peace and “transmits” the message with peace everywhere he goes.

Click on the button below for Jim’s gentle, loving instructions for what many consider traditional meditation: