I propose that the Sunday halfway through Ordinary Time be celebrated as "Surgite Sunday." Somebody please notify the Vatican.
Here's why. Every year, around the halfway mark of Ordinary Time, on August 6, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. It commemorates the moment when Jesus took three of his apostles up Mount Tabor to pray. Once upon the mountain, “Peter and his companions had become overcome by sleep” (Luke 9:32) but were awakened to see Jesus transfigured in glory with Moses and Elijah standing by Him. Jesus said to Peter, "Get up" or "Rise" (Matthew 17:7). In Latin it's, "Surgite!"
That's what we need at this time of the year. We need a surge of spirit. This is the time when we muddle through the “Dog Days of Summer.” John Brady, a nineteenth century author, described these days as a time when, "the sea boiled, the wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and frenzies." It's a time when the children grow bored, the days grow shorter, the vacations are over, we give in to sluggishness, and it seems that all that is left of the summer are the bitter dregs.
That's when Christ tells us, "Surgite! Get up, take strength. The season is already half-spent. Behold the glory."
The fireworks are over and the all-stars have gone home. These are the days when we need Jesus to speak to our sour, mad, languid, feverish, and hysterical spirits about where to find deep and lasting glory.
Take some extra time for prayer. Meditate on Scripture. Do some spiritual reading. Make a good Confession. Come to daily Mass. Let the glory of Jesus revive your drooping spirit. August can be the best part of your summer. I love Surgite Sunday.
Rise up for more grace and blessings!