Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel Capital

President Trump did something that has been avoided by former presidents in history. He has decided to move the embassy of the United States to Jerusalem from its current place in Tel Aviv. The move has been avoided for 70 years due to potential conflict. Some territory in Jerusalem has been in dispute for quite some time mainly from Palestinians who consider it their land. By moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump is endorsing the idea that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is seen as a disregard of Palestinian sovereignty. Many Jews are applauding the decision, however, not many Muslims are not happy.

I think the decision is a good one. Israel belongs to the Jews. It is the Holy Land promised by God to them (Genesis 12:1-3,7, Exodus 6:8, Deuteronomy 31:20). While the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth from God, we must always love, respect and cherish Judaism. Judaism is not obsolete. God did not forget the people He chose as His own and prepared the world for Christ through.

They are still His people. In Revelation 7, we read of the 144,000 chosen from the 12 tribes. These are the Jews who will be saved or those from the old covenant. The great multitude of all nations and races are those in the Catholic Church who will be saved (Revelation 7:9-10). This is why the Catholic Church is called "Catholic," or universal. So despite many Jews not accepting Christ as the Messiah, they still have access to salvation from Him because they were redeemed by Him and are His original people. This is why Pope Francis asked Catholics not to try to convert Jews (see:

Recently, I learned via my mom's DNA test that I have Jewish blood in me. A good portion of my DNA stems from Israel and European Jews. When I learned this, I was excited and am now studying more about my Jewish heritage. This news on Jerusalem touches right at home now, so to speak. I am hoping that no violent conflicts come about.  While God promised the Jews the land of Israel, this does not mean that they cannot share it. Hopefully, both the Israelis and Palestinians will find a way to live in harmony. They say two heads are better than one, so why not have more than one ethnicity work the Holy Land?

Ironically, today's Vespers' antiphon for the Canticle of Mary is:

"The law will go forth from Zion; the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."

Also, one of the intentions says:

"Be mindful, Lord, of all the sons of Abraham, fulfill the promises you made to their fathers."

Liturgy of the Hours Vol 1 pg 173-74.


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