Juan Chu 

WHY CATHOLICS CALL MARY AS THE “ARK OF NEW COVENANT”? 

The Bible draws many parallels between the Ark of the (Old) covenant and Mary, the “Ark of the New Covenant”
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The Church fathers loved to delve into Holy Scripture and find deep meanings and parallels; or types and shadows. One of the titles they gave to the Blessed Virgin Mary was New Eve or Second Eve : because the first Eve said “No” to God and brought about original sin and the fall of mankind.
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Mary the “Second” Eve (being immaculate and without sin from the time of her conception and thus analogous to Eve as regards sinlessness), said “Yes” to God at the Annunciation and in so doing, played a key role in bringing about our redemption, as the Mother of God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Another fascinating analogy along these lines is the notion of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant.
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The original ark was a marvelous gold-lined wooden box that was the holiest item in Judaism. It contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments, Manna, & Aaron’s Rod, and God made His presence especially manifest over the ark, above what was called the “Mercy Seat” (Ex 25:22): between two carved golden Cherubim (angels).
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BIBLICAL PARALLELS:
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NEW: Mary’s womb became the dwelling place of God (Luke1:35)
OLD : The Ark became the dwelling place of the presence of God (Exo. 40:34)
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NEW : Mary’s womb contained Jesus – the Living Word of God, the Living Bread (Luke 1:35)
OLD : The Ark contained 10 commandments – Word of God written in stone tablet, Manna, and Aaron’s rod (Deu 10:3-5, Heb. 9:4)
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NEW : Mary travelled to the hill country of Judah to the home of Elizabeth (Luke 1:39)
OLD : The Ark travelled to the hill country of Judah to rest in the house of Obed-edom (2Sam.6:1-11)
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NEW : John the Baptist, son of a priest, leapt for joy in Elizabeth’s womb at the approach of Mary (Luke 1:43)
OLD : Dressed in priestly ephod, King David approached the Ark, and danced and leapt for joy (2Sam.6:14)
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NEW : Elizabeth exclaimed with a loud cry of joy in the presence of God within Mary (Luke 1:42)
OLD : David shouted for joy in presence of God in the holy Ark (2Sam.6:15)
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NEW : Elizabeth asked “Why is this granted unto me, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)
OLD : David asked “How is it that the Ark of the Lord comes to me?” (2Sam.6:9)
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NEW : Mary remained in the house of her cousin Elizabeth for 3 months (Luke 1:56)
OLD : The Ark remained in the house of Obed-edom for 3 months (2Sam.6:11)
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NEW : John sees Mary in Heaven, it is the same vision that Juan Diego saw of Mary in 1531 (Lady of Guadalupe) – the Woman clothed with sun and standing on the moon (Rev. 12:1).
OLD : John sees the Ark of Covenant in heaven (this is the last verse in Rev. 11). Then on the next verse, in Rev. 12:1, he saw a woman (Mary).
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It was prophesied by David that this Ark will rise in Heaven together with the Lord, Psalm 132:8: 🔻
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“Arise, LORD, and go to your resting place, you and the ARK of your strength.” (Ps. 132:8).
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The Ark that contained Jesus Christ in her womb for 9 months, is no other than the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was then assumed to heaven with her loving son Jesus Christ, as what St. John saw in his vision in the Book of Revelation 12:1.
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