And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 12: 31
As an amateur historian I am always impressed by those things of Man that have a permanent quality, that continue on through the centuries. One of the more unique of those permanent things is the Jewish people, a group that existed when the Egyptian New Kingdom was a prime power in the world. Throughout almost all that history, the Jews have been a defeated and oppressed people. For close to nineteen centuries they were exiles from their own land, despised alien outcasts among nations that usually loved them little, often the victims of casual murder, and almost invariably subject to unremitting hate. The survival of the Jewish people under these most unpromising conditions is the strongest secular support for their, and the Bible’s, contention that they are a people set apart, a Chosen People of God. Their constant companion throughout these many centuries has been an undying hate, a hate that always has its reasons. Some of the more popular recent ones:
- Jews are Communists.
- Jews are Atheists.
- Jews are Plutocrats.
- Jews are Oppressors.
- Jews are Racists.
- Jews are White.
- Jews aren’t White.
- Jews are Bigots.
- Jews are Universalists.
- Jews are Jews.
The reasons vary, but the addition of the word Jews to the chosen hatred does not. In regard to the Jews the hatred is almost always directed against all Jews instead of some Jews who could be accused of specific misdeeds.
Now, another of the permanent things of Man is the Catholic Church. From the beginning the Church has understood that the Jews, who brought the world the Messiah, still have a role in the plan of God. We see this in the writings of Saint Paul:
 For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this mystery, (lest you should be wise in your own conceits), that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles should come in.
 And so all Israel should be saved, as it is written: There shall come out of Sion, he that shall deliver, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.  And this is to them my covenant: when I shall take away their sins.  As concerning the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are most dear for the sake of the fathers.  For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.  For as you also in times past did not believe God, but now have obtained mercy, through their unbelief; 31] So these also now have not believed, for your mercy, that they also may obtain mercy.  For God hath concluded all in unbelief, that he may have mercy on all.
Romans: 11: 25-32
In his exposition on Psalm 59 Saint Augustine discusses the role of the Jews in the ongoing salvation of humanity:In his exposition on Psalm 59 Saint Augustine discusses the role of the Jews in the ongoing salvation of humanity:
They shall be scattered abroad in order that they may eat Psalm 58:15; that is, in order that they may gain others, in order that into their Body they may change believers.
But if they shall not be filled, they shall murmur. Because above also he had spoken of the murmur of them, saying,
For who has heard?
And You, O Lord, he says,
shall deride them, saying, Who has heard? Wherefore? Because, as nothing You shall count all nations. Let the Psalm be concluded. See ye the Corner Ephesians 2:20 exulting, now with both walls rejoicing. The Jews were proud, humbled they have been; Gentiles were despairing, raised up they have been: let them come to the Corner, there let them meet, there run together, there find the kiss of peace; from different parts let them come, but with differing not come, those of Circumcision, these of uncircumcision. Far apart were the walls, but before that to the Corner they came: but in the Corner let them hold themselves, and now let the whole Church from both walls, say what?
But I will sing of Your power, and I will exult in the morning of Your mercy Psalm 58:16. In the morning when temptations have been overcome, in the morning when the night of this world shall have passed away; in the morning when no longer the lyings in wait of robbers and of the devil and of his angels we dread, in the morning when no longer by the lamp of prophecy we walk, but Himself the Word of God as it were a Sun we contemplate.
And I will exult in the morning of Your mercy. With reason in another Psalm is said,
In the morning I will stand by You, and I will meditate. With reason also of the Lord Himself the Resurrection was at dawn, that there should be fulfilled that which has been said in another Psalm,
In the evening shall tarry weeping and in the morning exultation. For at even the disciples mourned our Lord Jesus Christ as dead, at dawn at Him rising again they exulted.
For You have become my taker up, and my refuge in the day of my tribulation.
God writes His will on our history in spite of all that human folly and malice can do to the contrary.