Assumption of Mary • Our feast today bears allusions to the Ark of the Covenant. This golden box contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments, a jar of manna, and Aaron’s rod. When King David had defeated the enemies of Israel, and was seated on the throne, he brings the Ark to Jerusalem.
The new Ark of the Covenant is Mary. She carries the Lawgiver, the true Priest, and the Bread of Life. When Jesus has defeated the enemies Sin and Death, and is seated on the Throne, he welcomes the new ark into the Hoy City, the new Jerusalem. You too receive the Bread of Life; you too are an Ark of the Covenant. Cherish yourself, cherish one another. And cherish the Mother of God, who is your mother too. (15 Aug 2019)
Going Deeper: Compare 2 Samuel 6 and Luke 1:39-56. How was the Ark a sign of God’s presence to the people of Israel? How is Mary a sign of God’s presence to the people of God? See also Revelation 11:19-12:17.