I have not written much on this blog in the last two weeks. Perhaps this has led some of you to wonder whether I was preparing for the rapture – which American pastor Harold Camping predicted would occur on Saturday 21 May at 6 pm.
Well, it seems that either the rapture has not occurred, or I have been simply ‘left behind,’ as has basically everyone else on the planet. Except Camping, perhaps – he apparently has not been seen since Saturday.
As a child in Sunday School I was told that no one knows the day nor hour of Christ’s return. That’s what it says in the Bible, after all. So I basically ignored the prediction, even though it was a hot topic of discussion among some facebook friends and in the Christian blogosphere.
In fact, I was pleasantly surprised when I met a friend for coffee on Saturday afternoon and she had somehow managed not to have heard about the impending rapture. The ‘left behind’-style rapture has always been much more of an American evangelical/Protestant obsession, and being an Irish Catholic, the warnings of doom had somehow passed her by.
All of that is by way of prelude to explain my relative silence in the blogosphere. In short, I have been away visiting family in the US for a week, and I still have a pile of essays to mark for students on our Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, as well as some important deadlines looming. I will try and put up an occasional post in the next week or so, but it will be the end of the month before I can return to my usual level of writing for this blog.