I read something the other day about how “now that the holidays are over,” blah, blah, blah. In a sense that’s true: what we think of as the holidays (Christmas and New Year’s Day) are over. Of course, the derivation of “holiday” is “holy day”. Something the secular world would have us forget. And truly, Christ’s birth is a holy day indeed! There is a bit of a let down after the ascetic preparations for a feast (Advent, in this case) and the joy of the feast itself (the 12 days of Christmas). I remember when I was Catholic we had something referred to as “ordinary time.” This always sounded kind of amusing to me although I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why. To my mind it meant that we weren’t celebrating anything at all – everything was just… ordinary
. The word sounded pejorative.
Today I was having that kind of a let-down feeling. I remembered then something else that I had read:
“Something you’d written in a margin,” said George, “I can’t remember where… ‘The significant, life-forming times are the dull, in-between times.’ A pretty simple statement, but profound if we think it through. I used to believe the life-forming times were the times on the mountain, the great hurrahs…” [Jan Karon, In This Mountain]
These are holy days, these ordinary days of ours! How many miracles do we see with our eyes but not our understanding? My spiritual father has told me many times, “It is TODAY we are saved; not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today.” Each day – today – is a holy day.