Much of the Church year is taken up with the life of Christ: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. The rest of the year is called ‘Ordinary Time’. Despite not having any particular theme, Ordinary Time is far from dull or empty. This is the time when we try to put into action in our lives what we have seen in the seasons of the year: a time full, not of great events, but of steady growth. The high altar frontal and vestments are now green. This is the colour of the natural world around us, which, unlike the grey of concrete, is constantly growing and alive. So the Church is never still, but always growing in depth of understanding, strength of faith, and depth of love. It is in the ordinary times of life that our faith becomes real, as we allow it to saturate every part of our lives. Green surrounds us as soon as we step outside, and in Ordinary Time we discover that God surrounds us too. He is present, not just at the great feasts and special seasons, but everywhere and at every time This means that God’s presence is not rare and surprising, but constant and ordinary. Or perhaps it means that the ordinary times are made special, because God is in them.
The meditations on the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus are ‘I am the good shepherd‘, ‘I am the bread of life‘, ‘I am the light of the world‘, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life‘, ‘I am the vine‘, ‘I am the resurrection and the life‘.
Meditations from the start of John’s Gospel: Friday 17th April, John 2:1-11, trust. Monday 20th April, John 2:13-22, making space for God. Tuesday 21st April, John 2:23-25, God knows us. Wednesday 22nd April, John 3:1-10, on knowledge and understanding. Thursday 23rd April, John 3:11-16, trust. Friday 24th April, John 3:17-21, judgement.
Monday 27th April, John 3:22-24, on Christ’s presence. Tuesday 28th April, John 3:25-30, on empathy. Wednesday 29th April, John 4:1-6, on weariness. Thursday 30th April, John 4:7-15, on openness to God. Friday 1st May, John 4:16-24, on the whole truth.
Monday 4th May, John 4:25-27, on the ruler of all things. Tuesday 5th May, John 4:27-30, He knows us. Wednesday 6th May, John 4:31-34, on what feeds us. Thursday 7th May, John 4:35-37, on sowing and reaping.
Monday 11th May, John 4:39-42, on trust. Tuesday 12th May, John 4:46-50, on love.Wednesday 13th May, John 4:50-54, on trusting those we love to Christ. Thursday 14th May, John 5:2-9. How Christ is close at hand. Friday 15th May, John 5:9-13, on priorities.
Monday 18th May, John 5:14-18, on holiness. Tuesday 19th May, John 5:19-24, From what we can see, to what is beyond our imagining. Wednesday 20th May, John 5:25-30, on life. Thursday 21st May, John 5:31-38, on belief. Friday 22nd May, John 5:36-47, on scripture.
Tuesday 26th May, John 6:1-15, on sitting down and receiving. Wednesday 27th May, John 6:16-21, on trust and the voice of God. Thursday 28th May, John 6:22-24, on giving thanks. Friday 29th May, John 6:25-35, on the works of God.
Monday 1st June, John 6:35-40, on the will of God. Tuesday 2nd June, John 6:41-51, on being taught by God. Wednesday 3rd June, John 6:52-59, on the Bread of life. Thursday 4th June, John 6:60-71 on difficult teaching. Friday 5th June, John 7:1-13, on trust.
Monday 8th June, John 7:14-18 on God, good and stained glass windows. Tuesday 9th June, John 7:19-24, on rules and truth. Wednesday 10th June, John 7:25-31, the familiar face of God. Thursday 11th June, John 7:32-39, on thirst and the Spirit. Friday 12th June, John 7:40-52, on knowledge and truth.
Monday 15th June, John 8:1-11, on judgement. Tuesday 16th June, John 8:12-20, on knowing ourselves. Wednesday 17th June, John 8:21-30, on what we do not know. Thursday 18th June, John 8:31-38, on truth and freedom. Friday 19th June. John 8:39-59, on pride.
Monday 22nd June, John 9:1-12, on being blind. Tuesday 23rd June, John 9:13-34, on thinking. Wednesday 24th June, John 9:35-41, on faith. Thursday 25th June, John 10:1-6, on sheep and shepherds. Friday 26th June, John 10:7-10, on life.