Sunday, May 20, 2012

Another Interesting Lesson

It became quite clear to me the other day that people really don't know much about each other.  A case in point.

I was standing by the elevator in the basement of the hospital where I work.  A male worker, a black man, was also going upstairs and he introduced himself to me, saying he had seen me around and wondered what I was doing.  I told him my name and my job - intern.  He asked me if I was called "Sister," in reference to the Catholic hospital we found ourselves in.

Oh no, I assured him.  I'm on the other team.  To my surprise, he asked if I was a Christian.  I was totally confused.  No, I told him.  I'm a Jew.  A Jew, he replied - you don' t look Jewish.

Well, I do look Jewish, and why would the "other team" be Christians?  I figured out from this that Catholics and Christians are not the same, even though I always thought they were.  More like similar than the same.  But what a surprise to me that I was clueless about all the schisms within the Church.

I just thought it was us Jews who didn't get along.  Now I know it's everybody.  How reassuring!

1 comment:

  1. I don't know what that gentleman told you, but Catholics are Christians and they are not on opposing teams. As long as a person believes that Jesus was the messiah, and accepts him as his Savior, he is a Christian. Most will say he needs to be baptized, too. Mormons, Protestants, Presbyterians, Baptists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Unitarians, 7th Day Adventists, Messianic Jews - all Christians.