PODCAST | Being Extraordinary in the Ordinary
Today on the podcast, we are invited to reflect and pray about: What is the ordinary and how can it help us to be extraordinary?
Jesus’ life growing up was not written down. There is no account of his activities after Joseph and Mary found him in the Temple until his baptism in the River Jordan. Jesus was so ordinary that there is nothing written about what a typical day might have been like for him; only a summary by Luke mentioning that Jesus grew in stature and grace before God and man.
Out of his ordinary life came the revelation of the words of Jesus, “Eat my flesh and drink my blood” and “I am the Bread of Life.” These statements were utterly new to the thoughts of man. They are an insight to the extraordinary gift that God has given us. The Eucharist is the True Presence of the Resurrected Christ hidden in the appearance of bread– ordinary bread.
Love God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, while you carry out your daily activities, however small they may seem. Like St. Therese of Lisieux, who was so ordinary that the nuns she lived with were dumfounded that she was being considered for canonization, we should also strive to persevere in the little things. For when little things are done out of love, they are worth so much in the eyes of God.
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Rev. Peter V. Armenio was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1980. He is the author of several books published by Midwest Theological Forum. He also served as President of the St. Josemaria Institute from 2006 to 2012. He has been working in campus ministry for the past 30 years and is currently a chaplain at The Willows Academy (Des Plaines, IL). He also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.