• Michael Haldas

Ordinary vs Extraordinary


“Mark 12:37 reads, “and the common people heard Him gladly.” I don’t like to think of myself as common or ordinary. Most people don’t. But that is exactly the type of person I need to be. Those types of persons are the most open to receiving Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit because they are not filled with themselves.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Christ found that it was the "common people" who "heard him gladly." St. Paul also observed that not many of those who were worldly, mighty, or of noble birth accepted the Christian calling. (l Cor. 1:26).” (Rev. Andrew Demotses)

“God is known for taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. Throughout scripture God used ordinary men to affect his kingdom in extraordinary ways.” (Henry and Tom Blackaby)

“The life-saving strategy of Jesus is based on ordinary people showing and telling about Him in ordinary places.” (Ron Hutchcraft)

"The saints are ordinary people who have practiced the Christian life and have been blessed by God to achieve such holiness." (Father Spyridon Baily)

“…one can be a rather ordinary person and still make an extraordinary spiritual contribution…You don’t have to have a lot of money, or fame or a great career in order to answer God’s call for your life… God calls everyone to something in their life. There is no one who is uncalled…An extraordinary person with little faith is rather ordinary in the eyes of God. An ordinary person with extraordinary faith, is extraordinary in the eyes of God.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

“Throughout his ministry, St. Paul remained a tentmaker (Acts of the Apostles 18:3-4). This was his trade and he kept busy, wherever he was, by sewing tents. One lives the Christian life in ordinary ways. Not all of us will be heroic monks or nuns living a strict Prayer Rule. In fact, most of us will live out our lives as “spiritual athletes” while we do homework, make dinner, hold down a job, pick up the kids from soccer practice, have our teeth cleaned.” (Abouna Justin Rose)

“St. Paul was called to Christ in a dramatic, extraordinary way. A blinding light threw him to the ground. But we too have been called to Christ…And when we recognize the power and the glory of God, we can understand our own position as God’s servants. We begin to approach the menial tasks that are all a part of our jobs as parish council members—taking out the trash, collating flyers, cleaning the windows, doing tedious paperwork—with a sense of contentment rather than a sense of obligation.” (Father Christopher Metropulos)

“… Mary showed herself to be a person of contemplation and introspection, a person of depth and perfect devotion to the Lord. Starting with her acceptance of the Lord’s will when she said “Let it be according to your word” and throughout her life, Mary followed God’s will even in pain. Luke 2:51 says that concerning the words and actions of her Son, “[she] kept all these things in her heart.” She was clearly seeking deeper meaning in the ordinary events of His and her life. She was actually being a model Christian as she sought to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, to understand God’s will in daily life…” (Sacramental Living)

“The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” (Thomas Moore)

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