Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

"Thanks for calling. I am currently not able to take your call...Have an ordinary day!" Many of you know Fathers Bruce and Bryant Hausfeld, OFM, who are "sons" of the parish and who have ministered in the Southwest all of their priestly lives. Well, "have an ordinary day" is the voicemail greeting at teh end of Fr. Bryant's recorded phone message. And, not just during Ordinary Time! At first, this caused my to wonder. But reflecting on it, I believe it's sort of neat. A counselor once asked me why everythinghad to be "great," referring to my frequent use of superlatives like "great" or "wonderful." Good question. If you and I realized that everything is part of God's plan for us, just being ordinary is about as good as it gets. The lows won't throw us into depression and the highs--and every mood--will be accepted as a gift.


I say this so that you don't get bored during this Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. Actually, as I wrote last week, "ordinary" really comes from the Latin word ordo which means counted. So this liturgical year we'll celebrate in order 33 "Sundays in Ordinary TIme" before we begin with Advent once again. But each Sunday is equally filled with abundant grace, as we journey through the life of Jesus as presented in Mark's Gospel and if we open our hearts to the love of the Lord.
I am convinced that the more I surrender to the Lord and place myself into his hands, the more I'll find peace in his providential care and accept whatever comes. Your positive presence at Mass Sunday after Sunday is so uplifting to me and helps me draw strength not only from the Lord who nourishes us and, as we heard at Mass this morning (Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time), "was made perfect through suffering," but also from one another as we pray together, knowing that we're all walking this journey together.


Now, together we set out on the journey of this new year. We're already at the Second Week in Ordinary Time. Have an ordinary week!