So a Jew and a Catholic walk into a coffee shop…

Today at Caribou a co-worker and I sat next to a older Jewish man and his Catholic friend. They were talking about the Passion movie and how they felt it would incite anti-semitic violence. Normally I tune that stuff out since I think it’s an overreaction, but for some reason I was intrigued. My co-worker inquired as to whether he would see the movie — he said no. Then he and his friend (who had gone to a 95% Jewish grade school on Long Island) talked about all the violence they’d seen over their lives and how they felt that confused and angry kids might see the Passion as reason for acting out such acts.

Suddenly I saw the other side — people who for generations have been spit on, beaten, and generally mistreated have every reason to fear a movie that even hints at Jewish involvement in the death of Christ. After all, most of the time violence against Jews is for no other reason than that they are Jewish.

It was a fascinating look at the other side of the coin. I certainly will be praying that no violence erupts from this (very violent) movie, and that the redemption message is the one people get. After all, that’s the one we all need to get!