View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


According to some folks, The Rapture is supposed to take place 6 p.m. Saturday.

For those not in the know, The Rapture is an event that will result in the really good people suddenly being taken up to Heaven, with the rest of us not-so-good folks left behind, along with raptured folks' now driverless cars (as some bumper stickers warn.)

Perhaps we not-so-good people will be kept busy ducking all those suddenly driverless cars.

The Rapture we are told will precede the Second Coming and the end of the world. The Mayans supposedly predicted that the latter would take place in 2012. Maybe they were more enlightened than the rest of us. If so, pretty good for some heathens who didn't have the Bible to guide them.

Close study of the Bible is apparently what led some Bible-believing sorts to discover the concept of The Rapture back in the 18th Century.

Presumably all the Bible scholars before them were not enlightened enough to be able to realize that the verses were telling us about The Rapture. And the majority of Bible scholars today - including all the Catholic ones - are still not enlightened enough to endorse the concept.

Since the enlightened ones first began talking about The Rapture, it's been predicted with certainty as coming at a number of different dates, all of which passed with no driverless buggies or cars evident.

But this Saturday's date is supposedly really really certain.


A day to stay off the road?

Or at least a day to avoid all cars with those bumper stickers?

It has me wondering though: What if there's a Rapture and nobody goes?

Will there be a lot of guilty looking people in the pews on Sunday morning?

Of course, there are some good people who believe in The Rapture but also believe the Bible verses that tell us we won't know when the end is coming. Those good folks will likely just go about their regular Saturday activities, as will us not-so-good people.

As for me, God willing, Sunday I'll be at Church and then posting something on this blog.

In case you're not here to read it though, I'll understand.

And I'll watch out for your car.


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