Time in the Church year is not measured in weeks and days but in seasons. We have the season of Advent that leads to the season of Christmas. Then we move into Ordinary Time for a few weeks and then we begin Lent. This is followed by Easter and then Pentecost and finally we have a long period of Ordinary Time again, ending with the great feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the year.
The Church year gives time meaning. We are either preparing for something or celebrating something. At the moment we are preparing for Christmas and the season of Advent is full of readings that remind us of the coming of the Saviour.
Ordinary Time is not a time when nothing happens. The best way that I think of it is to imagine the time between when a farmer plants seeds and when the harvest comes. I suppose in modern times you could think of the time between the draw for the world cup and the time the event takes place.
In the secular world, time is just an endless succession of days with no meaning. Our Christian faith adds meaning to every aspect of our life, even time itself. We are on a journey; we are not going around in circles. Even though it appears that one year is the same as the last this is not the way it is when we begin to follow Jesus.
Every year we enter more deeply into the mystery we are celebrating; this year Christmas means a little more to me that it did last year. Hopefully as I read the readings and listen to the sermons in my local church I shall see something new which adds a little to my faith. This is how God works; he brings us along gradually, from one place to the next, ever forward but not too fast. We need time to digest what we have learnt!