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Letter: Insight on the Tabernacle

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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:00 am

Five percent of the Bible is the Tabernacle (5 equals Grace). The Catholic Tabernacle of the Latin Tridentine Mass holds key understanding for Jews.

In the Traditional Mass, the central location of the Tabernacle is between the Altar and Crucifix. Jews understand their Tabernacle holding three “things” of God in the Ark of the Covenant: Manna (bread from Heaven, Aaron’s rod and 10 Commandments). But the fulfillment is Jesus Christ, Almighty God, through His Sacrifice (Cross).

Jews ate the sacrifice of the imperfect lamb. Catholics do this same with the Perfect Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) — John 6.

Hold Jesus in a box? His Love chooses that — don’t forget the Cross.

Years ago, I chose Presentation Church in Stockton for a bicycle visit. Only later, after additional revelation, did I realize that I was directed to a particular priest. My first words were, “Where is the Tabernacle?” The priest’s response: “Off to the side” — I don’t ask questions. Although a downhill discussion thereafter, I went to him for confession (Vietnamese priest was absent).

Within three weeks the whole church was burned down. I understood the fire originated where the Tabernacle should have been.

Since “new mass,” the Tabernacle has often been moved; an auxiliary chapel has been given more respect because of the “exposed” Blessed Sacrament. But Christ wants to be with His Church “in the Church,” Matthew 1:23.

The Latin Tridentine Mass enforced itself through intense Focus (Alter, Tabernacle, Crucifix). Mary wore head covering (1 Corinthians 11). The “new mass” cannot be expected to have the same respect: chattering, slide shows, meeting announcements, etc.

Years ago, I met a very fine Jewish man and his wife at Kettleman-Hutchins. Late for confession, I immediately ran across as the light changed. The Jewish man was crying out for the name of the book I had just discussed: “Conversion of an Orthodox Jew to Catholicism.” Being my most dejected moment in evangelization, I have since carried material hoping to meet that Jewish man again.

The name of my favorite book is “Letters (Hebrew-Catholic) to Mr. Isaacs,” by David Goldstein, LL. D.

Ron Arthur


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