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Part One

and true God, the provident Father and just judge, and so that they

would look for the promised Savior.

20

63

Israel is the priestly people of God, “called by the name of

the

Lord

,” and “to whom the Lord our God spoke first,”

21

the

people of “elder brethren” in the faith of Abraham.

64

Through the prophets, God forms his people in the hope

of salvation, in the expectation of a new and everlasting Covenant

intended for all, to be written on their hearts.

22

The prophets

proclaim a radical redemption of the People of God, purification

from all their infidelities, a salvation which will include all the

nations.

23

Above all, the poor and humble of the Lord will bear this

hope. Such holy women as Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Miriam, Debo­

rah, Hannah, Judith, and Esther kept alive the hope of Israel’s

salvation. The purest figure among them is Mary.

24

III.

C

hrist

J

esus

—“M

ediator and

F

ullness

of

A

ll

R

evelation

25

God has said everything in his Word

65

“Inmany and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers

by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a

Son.”

26

Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one,

perfect, and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything;

there will be no other word than this one. St. John of the Cross,

among others, commented strikingly on

Hebrews

1:1-2:

In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no

other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word—

and he has no more to say . . . because what he spoke before

to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by

giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning

God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty

not only of foolish behavior but also of offending him, by not

fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the

desire for some other novelty.

27

20 Cf.

DV

3.

21

Deut

28:10;

RomanMissal,

Good Friday, General Intercession VI; see also

Ex

19:6.

22 Cf.

Isa

2:2-4;

Jer

31:31-34;

Heb

10:16.

23 Cf.

Ezek

36;

Isa

49:5-6; 53:11.

24 Cf.

Zeph

2:3;

Lk

1:38.

25

DV

2.

26

Heb

1:1-2.

27 St. John of the Cross,

The Ascent of Mount Carmel,

2, 22, 3-5, in

The Collected

Works,

tr. K. Kavanaugh, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington DC:

Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1979), 179-180:

LH,

OR Advent, wk 2, Mon.

1961

204, 2801

839

711

1965

489

102

516

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