ark of the covenant

BEFORE THE CROSS | The ark of the covenant pre-figures — and is fulfilled by — Mary

There's a fundamental pattern that can help us to understand the Bible and provide guidance for our lives. The readings for the Feast of the Assumption — which we celebrate this week (Aug. 15) — provide a perfect example.

The Old Testament reading for the vigil recalls how David took the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. The ark of the covenant wasn't just a symbol of God's presence. The Israelites considered it His actual dwelling place among them. The Psalm that follows speaks of the ark, and Jerusalem, as the "resting place" of God.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Ark of the Covenant illustrates how God builds His kingdom

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at the Young Adult Forum Aug. 1 at the Cardinal Rigali Center, speaking to them about how young adults “have the potential to start a fire in this diocese.”

Sometimes it's helpful to take one theme and see how it develops through salvation history. This allows us to understand more clearly how God builds the kingdom one step at a time. The readings for the upcoming Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 15) give us an opportunity to do that by focusing our attention on the Ark of the Covenant.

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