Ordinary Time is the longest liturgical season in the Church year; it lasts for thirty four weeks. If that sounds like an eternity, do not be discouraged because it is interrupted by a few other seasons, like Lent (6 1⁄2 weeks), the Triduum (3 days), Easter (7 weeks), and Pentecost (1 day).
During Ordinary Time we follow the mission and mystery of Jesus’ public life and hear again the gospel stories that we all have heard many times before. Each time, however, we are different and so what we hear is being received by people whose lives have changed and whose experiences may have altered the filters through which we hear certain stories or teachings. That’s the clue for attentive listening.
I cannot tell you how many times people have remarked: “I have heard that gospel all my life but today it spoke to me in an entirely different way” or “I never picked up on that point of the story before; I heard it today in a whole new way”.