Christmastide ended on Sunday evening after Evening Prayer. We have now returned to Ordinary Time, that part of the Church year that has no big season or feast at the centre of it. In Ordinary Time the Church focuses on the mystery of Jesus, who he is and what he should be for us; it is not a time when nothing happens.
This year, Ordinary Time begins with Paul’s letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 1:1-6). The gospel is taken from Mark (Mark 1:14-20) and is the story of Jesus beginning his public ministry. He calls on the people to repent. But in order to repent you need a sense of sin and that is sadly lacking in the world.
What is sin? An offence against God, but if your understanding of God is that he is some sort of super guy then offending him shall not be a big thing. We need to try to understand God and what he is; his love, his purity and his majesty, and the fact that our very being is a gift from him.
If we think of God as in human terms then we shall lose sight of his majesty. Along with this we have the fact that many of us have become hardened to sin. We do things that are wrong so often that we never give it a second thought; petty gossip, small fiddles on expenses, little lies.
The Christian life is always calling us forward, calling us on to be better and more whole as people. Ordinary Time might better be called a time when we can look at our ordinary lives and see how we are living; we might get a little shock.