The Mystery of Israel
St Paul speaks of the mystery of Israel as being of the same type as the mystery of the Church; the Church, so to speak, is grafted onto the root of Israel, who is the cultivated olive tree (Rm 11:25).
Contemplative prayer allows us to share in God’s feelings toward his people and, consequently, we receive his burning love for the first-born son, object of his constant predilection “on account of the patriarchs” (Rm 11:28).
“We shall marvel at the splendor of God’s plan for Israel. Our contemplation will lead us to the doors of this mystery. Like paupers and beggars we shall seek to listen “to what the Spirit says to the Church,” knowing that only a revelation communicated by the Spirit to the heart can allow us to enter more deeply into the mystery of Israel. Contemplative prayer will help us share in God’s sentiments for his people and we shall partake of his burning, expectant love for the first born son He elected, which He “continues to cherish because of his fathers.” Each one of us will, therefore, endeavor to love Israel like God does, for He truly loves Israel without repentance for the gifts and calling He bestowed. God has incorporated Israel into Himself to such an extent that He “surrounds him, brings him up and watches over him like the apple of his eye” (Book of Life 89-90).
Intercession for the Jewish people, therefore, occupies an important and privileged space in our prayer life, so that God’s purpose for Israel may come to fruition.
The Community, seized by an eschatological tension in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, longs for a common Passover with Israel and for the glorious manifestation of the Lamb who will establish us in the final and everlasting Shabbat.
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!