Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, loud noises, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Raiders of the Lost Ark was a great movie, but the true meaning of the ark is even greater. It was only recently that chapters and numbers were added to the Bible; for many years, people just read the above passage all in one piece, as we show it here. They understood that the Ark of the Covenant which appeared in Heaven was actually Mary, carrying within her the true Law in the person of the Son of God. The physical ark–constructed according to God\’s direction in order to hold the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments–was a foreshadowing of the true Ark, Mary. And just as the ancient ark was carried into battle to ensure victory, just as the ark blessed the people who approached it reverently, so Mary is our standard in war, the woman who makes the devil tremble. And we still call upon her name, asking her to intercede for us with her Son. Everything shown in the Old Testament proves to be a shadow of the reality which comes in the New Testament.
Mary, Ark of the Covenant, remind us to turn to you when we are in need of help. You are the greatest intercessor before God; be our saving help always.