The thoughts and musings of a Roman Catholic in the Archdiocese of Washington.
PS: Yes, I know Passover is later this week. But I wanted to send my wishes a few days early.
What happened to Holy Week and Good Friday??? Passover is Friday at Sundown after Good Friday. Saturday and Easter Sunday!Happy Easter!
Yes, Easter is later this week and there will be postings regarding Good Friday, etc.But can't I get a jump on the gun and wish those who are Jewish a Happy Passover?
Do you have (m)any Jewish readers? If Jews are "our older brothers and sisters", does that make Muslims, Protestants and Mormons our younger brothers & sisters? Are heathens (i.e. Abraham's ancestors) our older, older brothers and sisters? Are other religions (such as Hindu, VooDoo etc.) our fraternal twins? You are opening quite a VCII holiday wishing well for yourself. I also expect you might catch some flak from God at your judgment for encouraging Jewish religious leaders in their persistent and obstinate denial that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Messiah and celebrating the Passover rather than the Eucharist (despite having 2,000 years to reconsider the matter). Jesus, himself, was quite frank w/them about their fate at judgment--"Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein were done the most of his miracles, for that they had not done penance. Woe to you, Corozain, woe to you, Bethsaida: for if in Tyre and Sidon had been wrought the miracles that have been wrought in you, they had long ago done penance in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you. And you Capharnaum, shall you be exalted up to heaven? You shall go down even unto hell. For if in Sodom had been wrought the miracles that have been wrought in you, perhaps it had remained unto this day. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you. Matt 11:20-24"You serpents, generation of vipers, how will you flee from the judgment of hell? Therefore behold I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes: and some of them you will put to death and crucify: and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city. That upon you may come all the just blood that has been shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even unto the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. Amen I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets and stone them that are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered together your children, as the hen does gather her chickens under her wings, and you would not? Behold, your house shall be left to you, desolate. For I say to you, you shall not see me henceforth till you say: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord." Matt 23:32-39"Jews have traditionally seen Jesus as one of a number of false messiahs who have appeared throughout histor. Jesus is viewed as having been the most influential, and consequently the most damaging, of all false messiahs.Judaism has never accepted any of the claimed fulfillments of prophecy that Christianity attributes to Jesus. Judaism also forbids the worship of a person as a form of idolatry, since the central belief of Judaism is the absolute unity and singularity of God." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism's_view_of_JesusIt has occurred to me that Jewish people (Freud & Woody Allen come to mind) would not have so many neuroses and analyst jokes if they were not so hell bent on denying the principal truth of the age (the 300 lb elephant in all their living rooms and the glory of His people Israel): that Jesus Christ is Lord!Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!Happy Easter!
Wow, Previous Anonymous, that is an absurd reaction! There is truth in all religions, though Jesus Christ and Catholicism is the fullness of truth. To answer your question, emphatically YES! Jews are our brothers and sisters. And so are Muslims, Protestants, Mormons, and any other persons on this planet. We all were made in God's image and likeness. We ought to wish them well, but hope that one day they may come to know and believe in Jesus Christ. Until then, Happy Passover!
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