Hi, Robert —
To be more specific. The Jewish religion,
at the time, required animal sacrifices
for sins at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Those sacrifices were shadows that
pointed to the sacrifice that Jesus
would make for all of our sins at
Calvary. Once that sacrifice took
place, there was no need for Temple
sacrifices. From history, we know
that within one generation (as Jesus
the Temple would be destroyed and
the sacrifices done away with. This
happened in 70 AD.
Since then, Judaism is no longer
practiced as it was at the time of
Jews today go to a Synagogue. They
have no Temple or Temple Sacrifices.
The Temple can only go on one spot
and sacrifices can only happen there
but that spot is now beneath a Muslim
That said, Judaism is no longer the
Judaism of the Bible. It is still
a wonderful faith, based on the Old
Testament, and many Jews still await
the Messiah, but it's not the same
faith as when
Our Lord walked here on earth.
The Sacrifice of the Temple was replaced
by the one Sacrifice of Calvary.
That same Sacrifice is made present
to Catholics and Orthodox Christians
at the Divine Liturgy or Holy Mass
so the Sacrifice still exists. It
is the one and only true Sacrifice
of Jesus Christ.
While it happened in 33AD, you can
witness it at the Mass. The Sacrifice
is NOT repeated. It is made present.
We don't fully understand this Mystery,
except to say we know it to be true.
So Catholicism is the fulfillment
of Judaism as Mary Ann has stated.