and true God, the provident Father and just judge, and so that they
would look for the promised Savior.
Israel is the priestly people of God, “called by the name of
,” and “to whom the Lord our God spoke first,”
people of “elder brethren” in the faith of Abraham.
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.
proclaim a radical redemption of the People of God, purification
from all their infidelities, a salvation which will include all the
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.
God has said everything in his Word
“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
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
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.
Good Friday, General Intercession VI; see also
27 St. John of the Cross,
The Ascent of Mount Carmel,
2, 22, 3-5, in
tr. K. Kavanaugh, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington DC:
Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1979), 179-180:
OR Advent, wk 2, Mon.