November 03, 2007

The Jews and the Return of Christ Jesus

God’s word in today’s first reading from the eleventh chapter of the Letter to the Romans is about the exaltation of the children of Patriarch Abraham.
God had exalted them above all other nations to be his own.
Though some of the patriarch’s children do not accept the Gospel, in the end they will all be exalted, “as it is written”:
and thus all Israel will be saved....
... they are beloved because of the patriarch.
For the gifts and call of God are irrevocable.

Following the word of the Lord [today’s first reading], the Catechism of the Catholic Church [674] says:
The glorious Messiah’s coming is suspended at every moment of history
until his recognition by all Israel....
The full inclusion of the Jews in the Messiah’s salvation,
in the wake of the full number of the Gentiles,
will enable the people of God
to achieve the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
in which God may be all in all.

The final exaltation of the Jews will complete the exaltation of the Church.
Once the children of Abraham fulfill the Church, Christ will return.

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That was part of my homily for today, Saturday of the Thirtieth Ordinary Week of the Church Year.
Click HERE for it.

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