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"Meditating on the accomplishment of the Shabbat by the Son of God in his Passion and Jesus lying in the tomb, we will call out for his coming in glory, when the definitive rest of the Shabbat will be established that is the coming of the Kingdom"
Book of Life 56
"Bringing to completion the promise made to our fathers in the first covenant, Christ admits all who embrace salvation into the inheritance of Israel. Like the apostle Paul says, the Church is in some ways grafted into the root of Israel, the olive tree. The unveiling of the plenitude of the mystery of Christ to Israel is essential, because it concerns the definitive union of all the people of Israel and the eschatological vocation of the Church. We wait for the moment in which the Glorified Christ will be all in all, for ourselves but also for the chosen people, and can only pray with fervor for the hastening of the day when Jesus will be fully revealed as Messiah to Israel."
Book of Life 11
The mystery of the Incarnation of God is rooted in the mystery of the chosen people, Israel. "When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law" (Gal. 4:4). Jesus was born as a Jew, in a Jewish family. The apostles and all the early Church was jewish. The first schism in the Church was between the Jews and the Gentiles (see the Acts 15), opening salvation to the nations. To hasten the time when all the children of Abraham will all worship our common Father in heaven, we share the prayer of Israel on Friday evening (the Shabbat meal and prayer), singing the same Psalms and traditional biblical song they sing, and concluding it by the Lord's Prayer to his Father.
St. Paul speaks to us of the mystery of Israel as co-natural to the mystery of the Church when he says, “Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in, and so all Israel will be saved.” All of the Gentiles and all of Israel find themselves united in a common destiny. The intercession for the Jewish people thus finds an important place in our prayer so that it may progress in love of His name and faithfulness to His covenant. (Book of Life #35)
The Holy Site of the pilgrims of Emmaus
(where the first Mass was celebrated by Jesus
after his Resurrection, See Luke 24)
has been entrusted to our Community in Israel.