In most sports, the playing calendar calls for a training season, a regular season, and a playoff season. The training season is focused on refining the skills needed for the regular season. The playoff season is the climax of the season’s competition, with the ultimate goal of achieving a championship. That leaves us with the regular season: the long stretch of time when players and teams are called to put their skills into practice on a daily basis and to position themselves for a playoff run. Championship-caliber players know that throughout the regular season it is imperative to play at their highest level with an eye on the goal of a championship. Any attempt to cruise through the regular season can, and most likely will, result in missing the playoffs!
In our Church’s liturgical year, some seasons—Advent and Lent—are like training seasons, while others—Christmas and Easter—are like the playoffs. Ordinary Time can be thought of as the regular season: that long stretch of time when we are called to put our discipleship skills into practice daily. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore Ordinary Time as that stretch of time when we showcase our discipleship skills in everyday living.
For more information about Ordinary Time and discipleship, check out the following links:
- Using Ordinary Time to Get to Know the Saints
- Living Ordinary Time at Home
- Five Ways to Pray with Jesus During Ordinary Time
- Understanding Ordinary Time
- What Does Discipleship Look Like for Children?
- The Seven Ds of Discipleship
- Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith
- Start with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church