In this unity of adoration and expectation, Scripture’s final prayer--Maranatha, come Lord Jesus—becomes the doxology common to the covenants (Rev 22:20). Nostra Aetate states that “the Church awaits that day, known to God alone, on which all peoples will address the Lord in a single voice.” But maybe such a voice already sings, one whose timbre resonates with the longing of Israel and Church alike. Maybe the Magnificat is the anthem of the new creation.
Until then we wait and sing as those betrothed. For “this is what God likes / patient waiting till the hour comes.” The life of Edith Stein is a witness to this patience, a testament to the fidelity of waiting, in short, an icon of Advent. This was the posture of her people, and it is the vocation of her Church. The body of Christ therefore adopts the Jewish longing, because Israel is the Virgin’s crown. Would that we see our Mother so adorned.
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