EXEGESIS - PSALMS.
"Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, who alone doth wonderful things. And blessed is the name of His majesty for ever: and the whole earth shall be filled with His majesty. So be it. So be it." -- lxxi. 18, 19.
"Blessed art thou in the generations of women, thou of God most blessed: for through thee it is the earth has been filled with that divine glory of God, as is sung in the Psalms: Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, who alone doth wonderful things. And blessed is the name of His majesty for ever: and the whole earth shall be filled with His majesty. So be it. So be it. And says the Prophet: The lintels of the doors were raised up at the voice wherewith they cried; whereby is signified the veil of the Temple casting its shade before the Ark of the covenant, which prefigured thee."*
"He hath wrought salvation in the midst of the earth." -- lxxiii. 12.
"Either in Judaea which is called the midst of the earth, or in the virginal womb."+
"And He brought them forth by a cloud of day." -- Is. xix. 1.
"Behold the Lord cometh into Egypt upon a light cloud." -- lxxvii. 14.
"By the light cloud, we should either understand properly the Saviour's body which was light and weighed down by no sin; or, at any rate, we should understand the light cloud to be holy Mary, light, because of her virginal conception. Behold the Lord came into the Egypt upon the Virgin, a light cloud; and brought them forth by a cloud of day. Well does he say of day. For that cloud was not in darkness, but ever in light."++
S. Ephrem and other Fathers continually apply the same figures at one time to Mary, at another time to the holy Church; thus the cloud, the fleece, the shower, etc., v.g.
"Moses saw from Mount Sinai a column of cloud reaching over one people, chosen out of all nations; and that the shadow withdrew itself from the other nations. Saba stood on Mount Sinai, and marvelled that the gathering together (the congregation) was alone, like the fleece of Gideon which remained dry from the dew that had moistened the whole land." The Response of the Hymn from which this passage is taken is: "Glory to the Son, because even on Mount Sinai the Gospel is preached in His Church."**
"All the figures of the temporary tabernacle point to the Church of Christ, and have their completion in her."||
"He chose not the tribe of Ephraim: but He chose the tribe of Juda, Mount Sion, which He loved." -- Ps. lxxvii. 67, 68.
"He would not receive flesh from Ephraim, but chose the tribe of Juda, whence Blessed Mary should proceed, from which He was Himself to be born, that He might raise up the mountain of His love, even the Church."***