Seventh Week of Ordinary Time: May 15 - 21, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Seventh Week ofOrdinary TimeThis week begins with the glory and the joy of the Pentecost. The disciples who had been gathered in the Upper Room in great fear now feel the fire of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. With their newly-found courage, they boldly proclaim the good news, in many languages "as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim."Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season and the return to the liturgical "Ordinary Time" -- the 34 weeks that fall outside of the Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons. The weeks of Ordinary Time will continue now until the First Week of Advent. But these "ordinary" weeks are anything but!The Seventh Week of Ordinary Time offers beautiful readings from Sirach, part of the "Wisdom" literature in the Old Testament. This poetic narrative of wise living continues for the next two weeks, beginning this way: All wisdom comes from the Lordand with him it remains forever.The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,the days of eternity: who can number these?The Gospel of Mark brings us the narrative of Jesus and his followers as Jesus heals and teaches. Jesus tells them that he is the Messiah who will suffer and rise again, but they miss the message. Jesus gives them (and us) some direct teachings about the challenges of following him.The week closes with Trinity Sunday, which always follows Pentecost. It celebrates the un-knowable relationship between the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit - and their loving support for us in our lives."God so loved the world that he gave his only Son..."