Mary, Ark of the Covenant- Advent Vespers Homily
2 Samuel 6:1-15 Luke 1:35-45, 56
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
These types or typologies fill the scriptures and indeed we heard another one tonight in our two readings. The first was from 2 Samuel and the return of the Ark to Jerusalem. We know the power of the Ark from Indian Jones, when it killed all of the evil Nazis, right? Now fiction may be fiction, but its not far from the true reality of the true Ark. We heard of Uzzah who in an attempt to keep the Ark from falling to the ground placed his hand upon it to steady it and was smote because of it. Even one trying to do a seemingly good thing perished because he dared to touch the holy throne of God. As you may remember the Ark was not just a box, it was throne upon which God resided among Israel. It was from the mercy seat on the spread out wings of the cherub that God came down and spoke with Moses in the Tabernacle. The Ark was the most holy dwelling place of God with man. In fact the same work used to talk God overshadowing the Ark with his presence is the same word that St. Luke uses to speak of Mary, “the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy.” Israel carried the Ark with them into every battle, bringing them victory. It was carried around the walls of Jericho making the walls come a tumblin’ down. And in the building of the Temple it was placed into the Holy of Holies that only the Chief Priest was allowed to enter and only once a year to make sacrifice for all the sins of Israel. It was feared and held in awe by all of Israel.