I am a member of a Catholic organization that wants to invite a Jewish convert to speak on the topic of the Seder meal and its symbolism/ how it relates to the Eucharist. They are having the speaker walk us through a Seder meal as a type of Lenten reflection (i.e., this is what Christ would have eaten, this is how it relate to our faith history, etc). Afterward, they are saying we need to have a light meal in keeping with the Seder tradition. I feel very uncertain about this. If we are not having an actual Seder, then I wonder why do we have to follow the tradition of a light meal afterward?? And why must this take 2 hours?? I am not feeling good about this. I am concerned that, while not intended, this is would be not respectful to Christ who gave us our new covenant, or to our Jewish brothers and sisters (I would be concerned if I saw someone trying to explain a “mock” version of the mass, even if they were a former Catholic!). I have found several conflicting articles on this topic, including this one written by a Jewish person who said that Christ did not celebrate the Seder as His Passover meal the way it is practiced today since this practice that is today came into existence in 70 AD.
Does this have merit?
Do my concerns have merit or am I over thinking this or overly sensitive? I have tried to speak up about this and have been brushed aside. If this is someone harmful or disrespectful and I need to have a reference to approach our leaders. Thank you for your help.