‘It was to Mary that God the Son said: In Israel hereditare: Dear Mother, let thine inheritance be in Israel, that is to say, in the predestinate.’
Jacob received from God Himself the name of Israel. For the space of a night, an angel wrestled with him, and could not overcome Him. He touched Jacob on the sinew of his thigh which shrank and made him halt. The angel said to Jacob: ‘Let me go, for it is the break of day.’
Jacob answered: “I will not let thee go except thou bless me.’
The Angel said: ‘What is thy name?’ Jacob answered: ‘Jacob.’ Then the angel said: ‘Thy name shall not be called Jacob, but Israel, for if thou hast been strong against God, how much more shalt thou prevail against men?’
This glorious name was to be handed down to Jacob’s posterity, to the people of the covenant.
But alas! this people of the covenant became ungrateful and rebellious, ceaselessly striving against God. They fought against the messengers of God, they persecuted the prophets, they killed the Son of God. They spent their life as a nation in struggling against God up to the Easter morning, to the Resurrection from Death, to the dawn of the new dispensation. The strength and the goodness of God could not win them. And therefore when on the Easter morning Jesus left the tomb, living and glorious, without having conquered their obstinacy, it was not a blessing which He conferred upon them. These madmen had said: ‘His blood be upon us and upon our children!’
Their prayer was at once granted, and without pity. It is no longer the sinew of the thigh which is touched to make them halt, but their mind and their heart. God blinded their minds and hardened their hearts. They struggled to the end against God and His Christ. God and His Christ cursed them and rejected them.
And so on the night of the divine Agony, when this people who were to kill their God uttered their cry of revolt, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us,’ Jesus in the bitterness of His soul, but also in full accomplishment of the divine plan, rejecting for a space this people who were a figure, turned to His Mother and said: ‘These find My words too hard and My yoke too heavy. They go away with curses on their lips. I let them depart into their iniquity with the divine vengeance and malediction upon them till the day when the scales shall fall from their eyes. But lift up thy eyes round about and see: all these are gathered together, they are come to thee; thy sons shall come from afar and thy daughters shall rise up at thy side. Then shalt thou see and abound and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged.’
Who are these who come thus from every side, to my Calvary and to thy Heart? They are those whom I am redeeming now, the Church which comes from My side, pierced by the soldier’s spear, and in the Christian Church, all the predestinate. Enter into this new and more wonderful heritage.’
And Mary accepted.
(To be continued.)