In today’s Good Friday Liturgy in the Tridentine (Latin) rite, the Catholic church and all the faithful pray for the conversion of the Jews. The prayer specifically asks “that God might illuminate the hearts of the Jews so that they might recognize Jesus Christ as the Saviour of all people.”
It is reported that Pope Benedict himself helped rewrite this prayer and insisted it be retained in the Good Friday Liturgy despite the objections of many Jews.
A prominent German Rabbi has withdrawn from an ecumenical service in Germany because he sees “no sense in conducting a joint Catholic-Jewish ceremony or reading texts of the New Testament together with Catholics. All that requires a basic trust which I’ m afraid I no longer have.”
Many Catholic thinkers felt the Jews were bound by a special covenant to God. Now it would seem Jews also owe their allegiance to Jesus Christ.
Does that make sense to you?
Should we be praying for the conversion of the Jews?