Somewhere, long ago, I heard this apocryphal story. Two angels were sitting on a cloud one fine morning sharing coffee and angel food cake. One says to the other, “I heard that the Son is back among us.” The second says, “Really? Where did he go anyway?” “He went down to earth to start the Church,” says the first angel. “Is that right?,” says the second. The first says, “Yes, but I don’t think it will last very long.” “Oh, why not?,” says the second angel. The first one dryly responds, “He left a committee in charge.” The Christian religion is under attack these days more than it has been in a long time. Long held traditional doctrines are being challenged vigorously by the new enlightened masses, and those who hold to these doctrines are called bigots and worse. Well meaning bishops around the world are giving into the demands of modern culture, and some are attempting to change the way we talk about God.
This past Thursday was the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. It is a Principal Feast in our calendar, which means it ranks right up there with Easter and Christmas Day. In fact there are seven Principal Feasts listed in our calendar. Can you name them? The first is Easter day, then 40 days later is Ascension, always on a Thursday, but many of us transfer it to the following Sunday. Then the next Sunday is Pentecost, then the next Sunday is the Feast of the Trinity. The next one is about 5 months away, All Saints day on November 1. Then there is Christmas Day on December 25, and the Epiphany on January 6.