Why is ordinary time called ordinary?

Why is ordinary time called ordinary?  What does the Catholic Church mean by Ordinary Time?

The seasons of the Church are (beginning according to the calendar year) Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time, Advent and Christmas.  We  have been in “ordinary time” since the day after Pentecost, but I don’t find it ordinary.

Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary. – C. S. Lewis

Someone asked me what was my favorite time of the liturgical year.  I immediately responded, “Ordinary Time.”  In regards to music, it has always been my favorite.  As a music minister, choosing music for Mass seems so much easier.  The choices are unlimited.

The songs can be celebratory or more somber.  Introducing new music is easier.  The congregation soaks it in during the summer months.  By fall they’re singing they’re heads off.  Okay, so they’re starting to get the idea.  It depends on the parish.

Lent is a time of inner reflection.  Easter is a time for rejoicing in the Resurrection of Our Lord and the promises He brings.  Advent is anticipation.  Christmas we rejoice in the birth of Our Lord (and the relief from all the festivities!).

Ordinary Time we celebrate the seemingly mundane and the ho-hum of every day life.

Jesus shows us the inestimable value of ordinary time. As the Jesuit theologian John Haughey comments, during Jesus’s time in Nazareth God fashioned him into “the instrument God needed for the salvation of the world.” In Nazareth, Jesus speaks to the meaning and worth of our ordinary lives. – James Martin, S.J. from his book, Jesus:  A Pilgrimage

Why is ordinary time called ordinary? It’s not so ordinary is it?  Just listen to these kids:

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