22 May 2018
In the old liturgical calendar there really wasn’t “Ordinary Time.” The weeks were laid out as: “The 1st Sunday After Pentecost, the 10th Sunday After Pentecost, the 18th Week After Pentecost,” and so on. The reference point was Pentecost, that moment when the disciples’ lives took a definite turn. There was no “going back” after one had been struck by the Holy Spirit.
And this is reflected, maybe, in the very first line of the gospel today: “Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey….” Just two days ago we celebrated Pentecost; the coming of the Holy Spirit into the life of the Church, into the hearts of the faithful. The question is: Where are we going from here? Are we going anywhere?
Is this the Tuesday after Pentecost, or do we go back to “Ordinary Time,” as usual?