Elise asked:

I have a friend who is a Messianic Jew and he asked me why did the Catholic church move the Lord’s day to Sunday?

Patrick Madrid replied:

"There are three reasons. The first is that everything changed with the resurrection. Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday. Whereas the people of God celebrated the Sabbath on the seventh day ... The Church recognized beginning with the apostles that it was proper to not change or do away with that commandment ... but rather to transfer the observance of it from the seventh day to the first day of the week...

The second reason was that there was confusion in the early Church. You can read about it at great length in Acts chapter 10 and forward ... also Saint Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. You’ll see that there was confusion and uncertainty as to whether or not one had to live the Jewish customs in order to be a Christian. This was actually an early heresy as it turns out...

...the third reason which is the Church recognized early on the need for a sharp distinction to be made between Judaism and Christianity so that people understand Christianity was not a form of Judaism ... That third reason following from the second was a way to say definitively the Christian faith is something distinct, different, other than Judaism. We have our roots in Judaism to be sure, and the Jewish roots of Christianity are certainly very deep and very important but there was a definitive change, a definitive completion and the beginning of the new covenant of something different."


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Show air date: September 23, 2013

Question appeared in show: 39:10

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