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Today in Saint Elizabeth Seton
Second Sunday of Lent
25 February 2018

Jewish and Catholic Perspectives

My mother’s parents were of mixed religion, with my grandfather being Irish Catholic and my grandmother a German Protestant. I believe that makes me about 25% Irish, but that’s a story for another day – like on March 17th. It was my mother’s sister, Aunt Betty, who met a young lieutenant at Ft. Benjamin Harrison just prior to the war, and they were set on getting married. He was a Jew from New York and both families were opposed to the union, but love will find a way. They were married and Betty ended up converting to Judaism and rearing their three boys in the Jewish faith. Following the example of their parents, my cousins also married Catholic women and now their children are Jews as well. I have never regarded the religion of my relatives as a tragedy. It has been a gift to my family, and to me personally, that Judaism has always been a part of my experience and my heritage as a Catholic. After all, Jesus himself lived and died as a practicing Jew and not as a Christian. The roots of Christianity are undeniably found in the Jewish religion and the Hebrew Scriptures remain an indispensable and foundational aspect of the Christian testament.

The Jewish and Catholic perspective of Passover is the starting point of a conversation on March 11th at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Marcia Goldstein and I hope that this discussion will be another opportunity to explore the richness of our distinctive traditions in the context of our shared belief and come to a deeper understanding of both. Both perspectives place a sacred character on time, with Passover being observed this year from March 30th through April 6th, and Holy Week from March 25th through April 1st. The Easter Vigil and Passover both begin on the same evening – March 31st. This is no mere coincidence; it is intentional and is a connection we have with each other through a mutual faith and tradition that has been observed for thousands of years. Out of the experiences of these events is the belief in a singular act of God’s presence in our world. It is the starting point of a dialogue that will no doubt expand to include the understanding of holiness for the Jew and the Christian. The narrative of the Passover and the Passion is an interwoven story that is constitutive to both our traditions. It is more than just an accounting of what happened, but is also the story of what is happening now. Our exploration of this story in our common heritage is a good place to begin with understanding just how Jews and Christians comprise an important aspect of the human experience. The hope is that a number of our St. Elizabeth Seton parishioners and the members of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation will become active participants in the discussion to broaden our horizons of the religious beliefs and traditions that we hold in common.

Fr. Ted

 

 

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