Redemption and the Ordinary

People tend to denigrate the ordinary. The ordinary is so… so… well… ordinary. Are our lives really meaningful if we only spend them doing “ordinary” things — going to work, fixing up the house, spending time with friends and family, etc.?

Here is an interesting quote about how the ordinary is, in a sense, the aim of redemption:

What is the heroic moment meant to do but recover the ordinary greatness that God originally intended? Deborah and Gideon are raised up by God so that everyone can return to ordinary love and life and food with freedom and without harm in their locality with God. We get rid of evil so that people can live their ordinary lives without harassment. The great triumph of a fictional Superman is to free the citizens of Metropolis from evil so that they can work, marry, live, eat, and find meaning. The great triumph of the Greatest Generation was to free the world for a time from tyranny so that people could go back to the blessing and joy of daily life. The true act of heroism in Jesus on the cross and emptying the tomb is to return us to the grace of doing life with God in a place with love for our neighbors and finding the enjoyment in that which God created for us. Heroic moments have as their aim the recovery of the ordinary.
— Zack Eswine, Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being, p. 48