Before the revision of the liturgical calendar, Sundays during this part of the Church Year were counted as the time “After Pentecost.” As things stand now, the Easter Season, ends with a flourish on Pentecost Sunday and then Ordinary time, when the Sundays are consecutively numbered, opens with its own flourish, Trinity Sunday, followed by the Commemoration of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
Regardless of how we count the time, we do in fact live as Christians in the light of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. There was a time before, and a time following, the gift of the Spirit that changed a small band of frightened and bewildered followers into the Ecclesia, an assembly of believers who boldly proclaimed that their leader had returned from the dead.
Trinity, a new understanding of who God is, and Eucharist, the event that allows the community to recognize the Lord in the “Breaking of the Bread,” form the launching pad for the consideration of what it means to be disciples that will absorb the church during these months of “Ordinary Time.” It can an extra-ordinary time, if the gift of the Spirit becomes deeply personal, where I become a bold believer; if Trinity goes beyond a description of how God is related to God and to the world, and becomes a description of my loving relationship with the God who is for me; and when Holy Communion becomes a communion not only with my Savior but with all the redeemed.
There is more than enough in these “ordinary” months as the new life of spring becomes the summer time of growth leading to a fruitful harvest!