Our Lord thinks it is hilarious that He has to ascend into heaven twice, once on Ascension Thursday then again when the miracle of the 7th Sunday of Easter becomes Ascension Thursday, but only in some parts of the country!
Jesus' ascension on Ascension Thursday, but like the space shuttle, He'll have to return in the Flesh to do it again on the miracle of the 7th Sunday of Easter becoming Ascension Thursday!
Jesus is befuddled about ascending to heaven twice in one week and is also befuddled by the miracle of the 7th Sunday of Easter becoming Ascension Thursday, but only in some places!
The Solemnity of the Ascension
Please note that in our part of the country, Macon, Georgia, the Solemnity of
the Ascension has been transferred from the traditional 40 days after Easter, which would be this Thursday, to the following Sunday. So this Thursday is not Ascension Thursday, unless you live somewhere where it is Ascension Thursday. Next Sunday is not the 7th Sunday of Easter, but rather Ascension Thursday unless you live in a place which does not have the miracle of the 7th Sunday of Easter becoming Ascension Thursday.
So the continuing conundrum our bishops have created in their disunity is the following: If you travel to the northeast this Thursday where it is still Ascension Thursday, and you intentionally miss Mass on that day, you commit a mortal sin, but not if you had stayed in good old Macon, because here it is not Ascension Thursday. Now if you live in the northeast and attend Mass on Ascension Thursday, but then travel to Macon for next Sunday’s Mass, you’ll be celebrating Ascension Thursday again with us next Sunday, thus the miracle of the 7th Sunday of Easter becoming Ascension Thursday and you getting a double dose of the solemnity only by the grace of God, or should I say, the disunity of our American bishops, whichever you prefer.
But if you live in the northeast and travel here on Ascension Thursday, it won’t be Ascension Thursday and if you go back to the northeast for Sunday Mass, it won’t be Ascension Thursday on Sunday but the 7th Sunday of Easter. So you would have missed Ascension Thursday altogether through no fault of your own, but through the fault of our bishops. It’s fun being Catholic, isn’t it?
Why couldn't the bishops in those parts of the country who felt it was just such a terrible burden for priests and laity to celebrate Ascension Thursday and thus have to attend Mass under the penalty of mortal sin and to have multiple Masses, simply to remove the "obligation" to attend and leave it on Ascension Thursday, 40 days after Easter, rather than make a useless miracle of the 7th Sunday of Easter becoming Ascension Thursday for expediency's sake? Seems to me to go against natural law making Sunday a Thursday, after all Sunday is suppose to be the Lord's Day, not Ascension Thursday!