Ann Barnhardt, a Roman Catholic, is a very knowledgeable and courageous person. I thought, though, her use of bacon strips as bookmarks in her Qur’an-burning episode was going too far. What I want to raise here is her interpretation, which is probably her popes’ interpretation, of what she says is “the ten most beautiful words in the New Testament,” which she says should be music to Jewish ears. Instead, thanks to stupid Christians, she adds , these words make Jews to shudder. In the first part of her Boston speech, she says (minute 8:14): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quVmg1c99HY&feature=youtube_gdata_player “Now to the ten most beautiful words in the New Testament. Every Jew watching this has heard these words and shudders every time they’ve heard them. These ten words have been twisted by stupid, ignorant people, who justify horrific acts of evil against the Jews for 1978 years and counting, And many of these people will claim to be pious Christians. Well, we’re going to fix this deal once and for all. The ten most beautiful words are: “Let his blood be on us and upon our children.” These are the ten words shouted by the Jewish crowd as Pontius Pilate was sentencing Jesus. I say these words internally at every Mass because these are the words that give hope to humanity. These are the words tht open the gates of heaven. These are the words by means of which our salvation is accomplished….” Continues into Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2tJzGSvLBA&feature=youtube_gdata_player [Words in square brackets are mine]. “…at every Mass, the temporally [in time] transcendent sacrifice at Calvary, which is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ himself, which is re-presented [NOTE not “represented” – that is, merely remembered] to God the Father by the power of God, the Holy Ghost. This is accomplished through the transubstantiation of bread and wine as prefigured by the priestly kingdom of Melchizedek in Genesis Chapter 14. This sacrifice is the Todah sacrifice of Israel, which is the only sacrifice to be offered in the post-messianic age and do all eternity according to ancient rabbinic teaching. The Todah sacrifice is the sacrifice of thanksgiving. The word “thanksgiving” in Greek is (pause) “Eucharist.” There you go, my Jewish kin, the Eucharist should now be no skin off your shnozz. I won’t comment on Barnhardt’s “Todah” reference but on what should be the “ten most beautiful words” for Jews. It is difficult to see how one can – confining oneself to the context of the passage in which “Let his blood be upon us and upon our children” appears – interpret this to mean a blessing [simcha], the greatest blessing! f[Barnhardt] for the Jews. Surely, the Jews who said those words (the words Barnhardt says internally at every Mass) couldn’t have meant that sending Jesus to cross was the answer to all their sacrifices and prayers. Roman Catholicism, because of its belief in extra-biblical revelation, brings more (or less) to the scripture – they will deny his – than what is found there. I suggest that concerning the “ten most beautiful words,” Barnhardt, in submission to Rome, has followed Pope Benedict XIV’s lead, which I discussed in the post I repost here.
Pope Benedict writes in his latest book (2011) “Jesus of Nazareth II”:
When in Matthew’s account the “whole people” say: “his blood be on us and on our children” (27:25), the Christian will remember that Jesus’ blood speaks a different language from the blood of Abel (Heb. 12:24): it does not cry out for vengeance and punishment, it brings reconciliation. It is not poured out against anyone, it is poured out for many, for all. … Read in the light of faith, [Matthew’s reference to Jesus’ blood] means that we all stand in the need of the purifying power of love which is his blood. These words are not a curse, but rather redemption, salvation. Only when understood in terms of the theology of the…
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