Ordinary Time, Not

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” ~2 Corinthians 5:7

It’s that time. We’re stuck in the middle of a CNY winter, with no end in sight. The magic of the first snow, and Christmas is gone. It is that time that we, as Catholics, mostly ignore- Ordinary Time. Even the name sounds so… well… and I really hate to do this, but ORDINARY! It’s in the title of the season! No special colors, holidays, just every day times. But as believers in the infant King, born of a virgin, is any time really, that ordinary?

Maybe if we look around there aren’t any obvious signs of miracles, but we know that we must life by faith, and not by sight! So, even if those wonderful Salvation Army bell ringers have headed home, shouldn’t we be donating to them anyway? It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a baby being born to a virgin mother- it is, after all, the yardstick by which we measure miracles! But now- now is the time when we have to double down, and start looking for miracles all around us!

“Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” ” ~ John 11:40

My son shared his brand new Legos last night, without being told! Anyone with kids knows, that is a miracle!! That’s really two miracles all at once, because he shared AND it was voluntary.Actually, three miracles because they didn’t fight at all during the 45 minutes that their Legos were out and being played with. No, they didn’t clean up after themselves! How many miracles do you expect in one day?

Now is not the time when we can see the colorful, blatant examples of God’s miracles in christmas trees, lighted nativities, and special services. Now is the time, when we have to make those tiny, everyday, and yes, ORDINARY moments into the miracles for everyone else to see!

So, what miracle are you going to work on today?

God Bless,
Kim

faith treats

Faith or a Toddler Trick or Treating

I found this back in the archives from 5 WHOLE YEARS AGO- Can you believe it?? And as is the case with faith, it still applies, so ENJOY!

I realized something while trick-or-treating with my 2 year old daughter tonight. It had nothing to do with commercialism or obesity or any other strange, angry topic that the news would have, it was about faith.

I watched my daughter walk up to each and every house, and instead of saying “Trick or Treat” (we tried, oh how we tried), she simply opened her bag, presented it to the adult with the candy, and said “Thank you.” At first I was certain that this was a sign of entitlement, and how my daughter was simply demanding candy, but I realized after a few houses, that it was all about faith.

She didn’t care what the adult put in her bag, but she had absolute faith, that she was going to have something placed in her bag.  We received chips, popcorn, and even kiddie dental floss at one brave soul’s house, but the point was she got something at each house- her faith was rewarded.

Aren’t we all a little like a 2 year old trick or treating? We approach the Lord’s house, Society’s house, a friend’s house and we present ourselves and say “Thank you” expecting to be filled with something. Sometimes it is good- like a full sized snickers bar, sometimes it’s those old fashioned popcorn balls, and sometimes it is something that a parent had to confiscate and throw away because it was questionable.

Remember to take care with what you fill yourself, and perhaps visit the house of the Lord a few more times as we “trick or treat” our way through life. And also, it might be nice if you thanked the Lord, because I guarantee he’s the one giving full-sized candy bars to all the kids on the block, and he’d probably give you a second, and third if you made the trip again.

God Bless & Happy Halloween!
Love, Kimmy