From my professor:
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13 (NIV)
After a one week break from coursework, we're back! I am hopeful of the process we are going through and that I might be filled to overflowing joy and peace of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Reflections I summarize from my priest last Sunday:
So, by the extraordinary lectionary, last week was the 24th Sunday after Pentecost - and I learned something new that I had not realized in the past. During the "extra weeks" after the 24th Sunday, which happens when Easter comes earlier, we use the readings from the last weeks after Epiphany. I never really thought about it, I just figured we were filling in by repeating Epiphany season readings. However, the reason we use those readings at the end of the Epiphany season is due to the fact that an early Easter, means the seasons of Lent and Septuagesima start earlier too. Well, the number of weeks in the liturgical year does not change, therefore we never read those readings this year, once Septuagesima season began! Those readings we "miss" after Epiphany are tacked on at the end of the weeks after Pentecost! We haven't really "missed" anything when all is said and done for the liturgical year!
With the modern lectionary, one does not notice this fact because they refer to this "ordinal" or "counting" time after Epiphany and Pentecost as one group of readings, which makes it actually a bit of a simpler seasonal remembering. I, however, have come to a deeper and better understanding of the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost and truly appreciate that we count from those feast days. The modern view calls this single, but split, season as "Ordinary Time." Those who have followed me for a while know that I object to that title. Technically, it is accurate as "ordinary" is related to "ordinal" which means "counting." The problem I have with calling it "Ordinary Time" is that it is ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY! There are so many extraordinary feasts and solemnities during these "counting weeks!" A casual observer may leave feeling that this "ordinary time" is just a filler between Christmas/Epiphany and Lent/Easter for the first part of Ordinal Time, and between Pentecost and Advent for the second part. We have so much more we can share and emphasize during these counting seasons! See my other posts on Ordinal Time.