Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Jewish People

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek." (Romans 1: 16).

In an article which may be found at the Saint Benedict Center website, and whose author is unknown, the Jewish people are described as being the "backbone of the anti-Christian army." But the Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say about them: "And when one considers the future, God's people of the Old Covenant and the New People of God tend towards similar goals: expectation of the coming (or the return) of the Messiah. But one awaits the return of the Messiah who died and rose from the dead and is recognized as Lord and Son of God; the other awaits the coming of a Messiah, whose features remain hidden till the end of time; and the latter waiting is accompanied by the drama of not knowing or of misunderstanding Christ Jesus." (CCC, 840).

And again: "The relationship of the Church with the Jewish People. When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish People, 'the first to hear the Word of God.' The Jewish faith, unlike other non-Christian religions, is already a response to God's revelation in the Old Covenant. To the Jews 'belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ'; for the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable." (CCC, 839).

There you have it: The authentic teaching of the Church regarding our Jewish friends and the teaching of anti-semitic bigots.

I'll stay with the Magisterial teaching. And I'll continue to cherish my Jewish friends, even while disagreeing with them on the Person of Jesus Christ.

God love you all,

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