March 6, 2022
Ordinary Lives Can be Holy
The Latin “sacramentum” is a description of “holy” as the inbreaking of the Divine on or in something quite ordinary. Like bread and wine or water, our sacraments. Actually, all we have is the ordinary stuff of life to point toward the Divine presence. All we have is our ordinary lives to give witness to the sacramental nature of God’s action here and now. While we are waiting for something “spectacular” to happen (stones into bread, a million likes on social media, angels swooping down to catch us), we might just miss the real inbreaking in real time. If life is feeling like a wilderness wandering of ordinariness, we are in good company with the Israelites and Jesus who encountered the inbreaking of God in just such conditions.