Our first Christian Holy Week was intertwined with the Jewish Passover. Jesus died as the Passover lamb was slaughtered in that first Holy Week. I think it’s too bad that our Easter does not coincide with the Passover each year. It would be meaningful historically as well as figuratively and would bind the two holidays together. And I also think a name other than Easter should have been used…I dunno…suggestions?
Why should the two holidays be binded? The Jews are not Christians and the Christians are not Jews; therefore, they can have their own holidays when they want and we can have ours when they happen :). Catholics shouldn’t change just because it’d be nice to match the Jewish religion.
The Exodus Passover was a picture of the Future Messiah who would die for our salvation. Jesus became the Lamb offered for Sacrifice by God, prefigured by the sacrificial lambs offered by the Israelites even to have both the lambs and the Lamb of God bones not to be broken. So Passover and Holy Week is already bound. Why not have it at the same time to emphasize the point? Does anyone know why Holy week is in the time frame it is vis-a-vis Passover?
Yet the Jews don’t believe Jesus is Christ, so why would they want to emphasize a point they don’t believe in?
[quote=Dagnarille]Yet the Jews don’t believe Jesus is Christ, so why would they want to emphasize a point they don’t believe in?
It’s not that stress. What is fact is we have Jewish roots, they are our Older Bretheren if you wish. Peter and all the rest of the apostles were Jews, and Jesus complied with Jewish laws and customs. The point then is to learn from our Jewish heritage which will make us stronger Christians. It is to our benefit, not the Jews.
the connections between the Jewish Passover and our Christian Eucharist are compelling to say the least:
–The Last Supper
–Pasch or Passover
–Was the Last Supper a Passover Meal?
–Eucharist: Banquet of Communion with God
–The Eucharist: The Lord’s Last Supper
–Eucharist: Holy Meal
–The Fourth Cup: The Sacrament of the Eucharist
–The Lamb’s Supper: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
–From Jewish Passover to Christian Eucharist: The Story of the Todah
–Eucharist and Todah
–The Meal of Melkizedek
–The Eucharist as the Meal of Melchizedek
–The Gospel and the Paschal Mystery
–The Real Presence: A Holy Meal
No, Jesus didn’t comply with Jewish laws. He ‘worked’ on the Sabbath. He called himself God. He even tore up the courtyard of a temple. Then he said he could tear the Temple down and rebuild it in three days. All of these were against Jewish laws. I’m sure there are plenty of other things. He taught of how the Jews, who were the old chosen people, had lost that right. That’s why Christians are saved and the Jews are not.
Jesus was a good Jewish man. He was circumcised, paid the temple tax, observed the Jewish holidays. But He accused the Pharasees of straining out the gnat but swallowing the camel. They were in their scrupulicity(sp?) missing the point as in doing good on the Sabbath.
Jesus was also showing them that He was the Messiah and that He was Lord of the Sabbath when he said that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath, as when he healed people on the Sabbath.
Jesus’ mission was first to the Israelites, not to gentiles, yet when they did not accept Him, scripture still gives the Jews a significant role to play in end-times. Jews believe in the Messiah. Christians are waiting for His second coming while the Jews are waiting for what they believe is His first.