In the Key of “G”
~ by Mary Galvano-Bajohr
April 16, 2014: Chosen Ones
I had the opportunity this past week to witness to my Catholic faith. I was sharing conversation with a mother and daughter about Holy Week celebrated by Christians and Passover celebrated by the Jewish faith, when the daughter asked me, what does it mean to be Jewish?
To answer the little girl’s question I told her that Judaism believes that as a people they were singularly “chosen” to enter into a covenant with God. Why are they the chosen ones? asked the mother, and why is Catholicism so special?
This is where I found myself wanting to research the answer in a thorough way, before I answered. So off I went to gather the truth and the journey became a wonderful affirmation of the Judeo-Christian roots that lead to the Eucharist.
The chosen people goes back to Abraham’s belief in God. Abraham took it upon himself the mission of bringing the belief of God to others, even willing to suffer for his belief. As a rabbi explained it, it is not so much that God chose the Jews; it is more accurate that the Jews (through Abraham) chose God and in turn God chose Abraham and his descendants to carry out the belief of God to others. Chosenness was not part of God’s “original plan.” Initially all of humanity was to serve the role of God’s messengers, but after the fall of Adam, humanity lost that privilege, and it was open for grabs. Only Abraham chose to take the mantel. If others would have (and they were offered the choice), they too would have joined in this special covenant, which was sealed upon the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
The essence of being chosen means responsibility. It is a responsibility to change the world-not by converting everyone to Judaism, but by living as a model community upheld by ethics, morals and beliefs of one God. In that way, we can influence the rest of mankind, a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6)
We all need to remember our Jewish heritage after all the Holy Family was Jewish and this is our line as well. We too are chosen as we share in the New Covenant of the Messiah. This is where our Christian beliefs stem from. In remembering Jewish traditions we share in the traditions Jesus grew up around. We need to respect and keep our Jewish brothers and sisters in prayer especially this week as they celebrate Passover. However, as Catholics we get to celebrate and carry on the tradition of the final Passover in the Mass. Especially, on Holy Thursday this week. We also walk the Via Dolorosa with Christ on Good Friday and then we get to celebrate the rising of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Jesus fulfilled all the scriptures that were proclaimed in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah and became the new Adam crushing sin forever. It is through this process, this unselfish giving of love for the sake of the world, that we get the most magnificent gift of all, the Holy Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord and Savior.
I go to Mass because I can’t stay away from the Eucharist. It gives me strength and healing. This is what Jesus came for, to give us this means of both physical and spiritual nourishment of Himself.
I returned to speak with my friend and her daughter. My friend admitted that she had been struggling with her Catholic faith and her lack of understanding of the Eucharist. We continued to share. Many Catholics (and non-Catholics) don’t know the truth but they shouldn’t be condemned. We need not preach, but teach with love. In Christ we are all chosen to be saved, if we but believe. Holy Week is the final countdown until we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord.
How have you done with getting closer to God? Are you helping others get converted by your example and words? But, most importantly have you this Lent been renewed and re-converted in your desire to serve Jesus? We can’t convert others unless we ourselves are converted.
Praise God for this final sacrifice, this “happy fault” because without it we would not have gained a Savior. Thank you Jesus for all that you went through for me and the whole world so that we might live in paradise with you one day.
Happy Holy Week and Happy Easter!
Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.
Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.
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