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Oh, hey, I'm glad you brought up the New Israel. Did you see my post this morning from a sermon by St. Sophronius, 7th century Bishop of JERUSALEM? He mentions that the Church is the New Israel! I'll repost it for you in case you missed it. Guess it's not the new theological concept that you thought after all. It's a very nice meditation for the Feast of the Presentation as well.
Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office)- Matins
From a sermon by Saint Sophronius, bishop (560 -638 A.D.)
Let us receive the light whose brilliance is eternal
In honor of the divine mystery that we celebrate today, let us all hasten to meet Christ. Everyone should be eager to join the procession and to carry a light.
Our lighted candles are a sign of the divine splendor of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light. Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ.
The Mother of God, the most pure Virgin, carried the true light in her arms and brought him to those who lay in darkness. We too should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the true light as we hasten to meet him.
The light has come and has shone upon a world enveloped in shadows; the Dayspring from on high has visited us and given light to those who lived in darkness. This, then, is our feast, and we join in procession with lighted candles to reveal the light that has shone upon us and the glory that is yet to come to us through him. So let us hasten all together to meet our God.
The true light has come, the light that enlightens every man who is born into this world. Let all of us, my brethren, be enlightened and made radiant by this light. Let all of us share in its splendor, and be so filled with it that no one remains in the darkness. Let us be shining ourselves as we go together to meet and to receive with the aged Simeon the light whose brilliance is eternal. Rejoicing with Simeon, let us sing a hymn of thanksgiving to God, the Father of the light, who sent the true light to dispel the darkness and to give us all a share in his splendor.
Through Simeons eyes we too have seen the salvation of God which he prepared for all the nations and revealed as the glory of the new Israel, which is ourselves. As Simeon was released from the bonds of this life when he had seen Christ, so we too were at once freed from our old state of sinfulness.
By faith we too embraced Christ, the salvation of God the Father, as he came to us from Bethlehem. Gentiles before, we have now become the people of God. Our eyes have seen God incarnate, and because we have seen him present among us and have mentally received him into our arms, we are called the NEW ISRAEL. Never shall we forget this presence; every year we keep a feast in his honor.
I said it was a Catholic concept ....I do not care how,old it is...
The fact it took almost 50 years,for the Vatican to recognize the REAL ISRAEL to avoid confusion among Catholics...not my words,..one of you posted that link.....speaks,volumes .
Now they want more presence on the Temple Mount ....wonder why .
Israel is Israel
Your Church obviously did not have Faith in the prophecies which are being fulfilled ..
So supplanted the actual.Israel in its teaching ..
In my opinion they are wrong now,and then ...I don't care who said it .
Jesus,will return to ISRAEL ..the NEW,JERUSALEM will come from heaven after Jesus,returns,