Celebrating Ordinary Time During Winter With Teens
Ordinary Time begins now, lasting 33 or 34 weeks, interrupted only for Lent & Easter. The Lectionary cycle, Year B, began with the new Liturgical Year on the First Sunday of Advent, brings us readings from the Gospel according to Mark. Mark's account of the Gospel is the shortest of the 4, and is believed to be the oldest. He focuses on Jesus as the Son of Man. He emphasizes the humanity of the disciples, & the basic message of Jesus: repent & be saved!
Winter can be a beautiful time for a retreat. Snow or barren branches serve as images of our souls, laid open to God.
Challenge yourself & your teens to spend a few hours in silence with iPods, cell phones, or even friends to talk to. Encourage them to explore this stillness & how they react to it. This may be difficult to do, but it can be the most meaningful.
Parents & teens could share the activity of making a meal together, such as chopping vegetables for soup, baking bread, & serving one another. It could be a family project to visit the elderly religious at a local religious residence.