Thursday, August 28, 2008

Smells and bells 2: the church calendar

In Mark Galli's Beyond Smells and Bells he talks about the difference between the "church" calendar, and the regular calendar most people operate by which marks time by the seasons of Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall. Instead the church calendar marks time by Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. He says on p. 22...
The church calendar aims at nothing less than to change the way we experience time and perceive reality.

I like that. Merely following the seasons doesn't change anything - other than making us more aware of how old we are. But for the Christian - for those of us with an eternal mindset - we don't need to be concerned with aging. It's about following, and participating in, the story of God and Christ and Spirit.