Originally Posted by Riseof Rome
Many times I hear the Catholic Church called "racist" because Jesus is portrayed as white almost all the time, even though we don't really have any physical evidence that he was.
It got me wondering though, does it matter? Would it make a difference if He was White, Black, Asian, German, etc? Even though it is most likely he was white based off of where Israel is, we still don't know for certain. But would it really make a big difference if tomorrow we found out Jesus was definitely black? Would people have a different outlook on the Church? What are your thoughts?
When I am in Mass and I hear the words of the Consecration, I imagine the priest as Jesus (also when he blesses the Bread and the Wine after the Offeratory).
Hence, to me, Jesus is sometimes white, black, Indian, Vietnamese, Irish, and sometimes He even was Polish.
On another note, whoever calls the Catholic Church racists is completely unaware of the make up of the parishes! I was listening to a talk one time from a Catholic convert who spent some time near Conroe, Texas, looking for a church. He looked into the various faiths around; Baptists, Methodists, Catholic, and several others. What he noticed was the Catholic Church in Montgomery, Texas was the only Church with people representing all the local makeup - white, black, Mexican, and others. That's what caused him to investigate the Catholic Church even deeper.