Today the Church begins "ordinary time." Past the feasts of the Christmas season and before the seasons of Lent and Easter, we enter into ordinary time. The Latin word "ordo," from which we get the word ordinary, means "lifestyle." So Ordinary Time is the time when we live the lifestyle of a Christian, without special feasts and seasons, just life and grace. It is a time of living the lifestyle of a follower, a disciple, a believer — a rather extra-ordinary thing, wouldn't you agree?
Msgr. William J. King