He grew up like a sapling before him,
like a shoot from the parched earth;
There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,
nor appearance that would attract us to him.
He was spurned and avoided by men,
a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity,
One of those from whom men hide their faces,
spurned, and we held him in no esteem.
As I ponder this today, I am reminded to strive to see our Lord in all who are forgotten, brushed off as nothing but ordinary. How often to we meet someone with the thought of “What do you have to offer me?” And the answer is nothing but ordinary? For 30 years of His life, our Lord spent being unknown to most. Not worthy of a second look.
What is Ordinary?
with no special or distinctive features; normal.
“he sets out to depict ordinary people”
synonyms: usual, normal, standard, typical, common, customary, habitual, everyday, regular, routine, day-to-day
“the ordinary course of events”
(especially of a judge or bishop) exercising authority by virtue of office and not by delegation.
An Ordinary Man, Who IS Extraordinary, crucified, died and rose from the dead. For us ordinary sinners… Allowing us to become extraordinary children of God.
very unusual or remarkable.
“the extraordinary plumage of the male”
synonyms: remarkable, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable, phenomenal;
an item in a company’s accounts not arising from its normal activities.
Ordinary water was taken and used to wash away our original sin at His command.
Ordinary wine and bread becomes our Lord’s body and blood at His word.
Ordinary clay mixed with His spit cured the blind man..
Ordinary becomes holy, because He is Holy. He is the Master of Ordinary.