Return to Ordinary Time: 
Like Returning to Nazareth and its Inner Silence

Service d'Animation Missionnaire

After going through several important feasts of the liturgical calendar, such as Pentecost, Trinity, Corpus Christi, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we return to Ordinary Time. These feasts are celebrations of Love and Goodness. They allow us to enter into Beauty, Truth, Splendor... into the Mystery of an eternally compassionate and merciful God who calls all creation to His banquet.

In June, Father’s Day is an excellent occasion to reflect on fatherhood, both human and divine. It is a time to remember the holy and good fathers of our history, those who gave a faithful example of fatherhood and who are worthy of being remembered.

Nowadays, the idea of fatherhood can be questioned and challenged. However, from the perspective and eyes of Jesus, God is the beloved Abba, the “Good Father” of all creation, in whom we can absolutely trust and believe “without being disappointed.”

It is wonderful to reflect on the fatherhood of God this month, as we celebrate Father’s Day. It reminds us that we are part of a great family, the human family, and that God desires us all to live in unity and harmony.

Our Missionary Society also pays tribute this June to the missionaries who celebrate their anniversaries of missionary life. These are 75, 70, 65, and 60 years of tireless pastoral service, proclaiming the joy of the Gospel in the peripheries of the world.

Returning to ordinary time is like returning to Nazareth and its inner silence. It is a time to reflect, to deepen our faith, and to live the Gospel in our daily lives. It is a time to remember that we are called to be missionaries, to bring the Good News to all corners of the world. Let’s live the Gospel in our daily lives!

How can you be a missionary in your own “ordinary” life? In what ways can you proclaim the Good News in your community? How do you experience God’s fatherhood in your life?