A cartoon shows a confused man waiting for the elevator. He notices there are three buttons: UP, DOWN, and DON’T CARE.
In today’s Gospel story of the Ascension of the Lord, we are reminded that the “Jesus elevator” has been getting a lot of use. At his death, Jesus “descended into hell” — into the depths of death. And then he rose from the dead. Today he enters the heavenly elevator again, this time to ascend into heaven to be at the right hand of the Father.
Jesus’ elevator will need another button. The fourth button will be labeled: REALLY CARE!
Deacon Dick Folger