Catechism of the Catholic Church

22 Part One and true God, the provident Father and just judge, and so that they would look for the promised Savior. 20 63 Israel is the priestly people of God, “called by the name of the Lord ,” and “to whom the Lord our God spoke first,” 21 the people of “elder brethren” in the faith of Abraham. 64 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. 22 The prophets proclaim a radical redemption of the People of God, purification from all their infidelities, a salvation which will include all the nations. 23 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. 24 III. C hrist J esus —“M ediator and F ullness of A ll R evelation ” 25 God has said everything in his Word 65 “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 Son.” 26 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 Hebrews 1:1-2: 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. 27 20 Cf. DV 3. 21 Deut 28:10; RomanMissal, Good Friday, General Intercession VI; see also Ex 19:6. 22 Cf. Isa 2:2-4; Jer 31:31-34; Heb 10:16. 23 Cf. Ezek 36; Isa 49:5-6; 53:11. 24 Cf. Zeph 2:3; Lk 1:38. 25 DV 2. 26 Heb 1:1-2. 27 St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, 2, 22, 3-5, in The Collected Works, tr. K. Kavanaugh, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1979), 179-180: LH, OR Advent, wk 2, Mon. 1961 204, 2801 839 711 1965 489 102 516 2717