Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Ark of the Covenant: Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary--Thursday, August 17th, 2013
The most important item in the Old Testament is the Ark of the Covenant. This ark was initially held in the Meeting Tent which traveled along with the Israelites in their wanderings in the desert. Actually, it was God’s presence at the Ark that led the Israelites in their travels. This Ark contained three items: the Ten Commandments, manna from the desert and Aaron’s staff which had budded. The only reason for the temple—to which much of the Old Testament is devoted—is to provide a permanent place for the Ark.
Mary has rightly been called the New Ark of the Covenant. In holding Jesus Christ in her womb Mary held the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments, the true bread from heaven and the fulfillment of the Old Testament priesthood.
In a sense, each of us becomes a mini Ark of the Covenant. We hold the Holy of Holies in our bodies when we receive the Eucharist and in our minds when we read and pray with the Scriptures. We are called to emanate God’s glory to those around us that they may perceive God’s presence as the Israelites did in the Old Testament.
In seeking to follow God and imitate the perfect disciple of Jesus—Mary—it is well to ask today, “Am I being a good Ark?”