Tonight is the Feast of Passover throughout the Jewish world. This is one of those years when as we read, “Jesus went up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Passover” it applies tonight as it did historically two millenia plus ago. Our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith will gather throughout the world today and tonight to hear again the wonderful story of God’s intervention in the lives of their ancestors, how God saved them, delivered them, favored them. For the Jews tonight is a very Holy Thursday night. Since the first Passover celebration, the Jewish people have suffered much and have been the victims of the worst genocide in human history, the shoah, the holocost. On the receiving end of vile and evil forms of prejudice, they have remained faithful throughout the centuries and have formed a strong bond to protect their faith. Those of us privileged to have close Jewish friends know how much their faith sustains them and tonight in a special way will bring families together at synagogues and in homes as have the days leading up to this moment. Let us pray for our Jewish friends, our ancestors in faith and deep believers in the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as ourselves. Blessed Passover, dear friends.
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