books for ordinary time.

When I started thinking about ordinary time, one resource I came across was At The Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time. I gathered inspiration from that book and found Enuma Okoro’s poem there. Here are some other books that I recommend for ordinary time.

The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

“Every real thing is a joy, if only you have eyes and ears to relish it, a nose and tongue to taste it.”

The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris

“The Bible is full of evidence that God’s attention is indeed fixed on the little things. But this is not because God is a great cosmic cop, eager to catch us in minor transgressions, but simply because God loves us–loves us so much that we the divine presence is revealed even in the meaningless workings of daily life. It is in the ordinary, the here-and-now, that God asks us to recognize that the creation is indeed refreshed like dew-laden grass that is “renewed in the morning” or to put it in more personal and also theological terms, “our inner nature is being renewed everyday”. Seen in this light, what strikes many modern readers as the ludicrous details in Leviticus involving God in the minuitae of daily life might be revisioned as the very love of God.”

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

“People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness. God shows up in whirlwinds, starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers. When people want to know more about God, the son of God tells them to pay attention to the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, to women kneading bread and workers lining up for their pay. Whoever wrote this stuff believed that people could learn as much about the ways of God from paying attention to the world as they could from paying attention to scripture.”

New and Selected Poems: Volume One by Mary Oliver

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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