Deacon Michael Bickerstaff: Ark of the Covenant

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By Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic, Dec 19, 2021

Just as God’s glory overshadowed the Ark of the Old Covenant, so too did it overshadow Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant. Just as the Ark of the Old Covenant contained the presence of God, so too would Mary contain within her God become Man. Not only did Mary bear witness to God, the child she bore in her womb is God”.

We have arrived at the final Sunday of Advent. Christmas is just six days away. Hopefully, we have all completed our shopping and decorating. Our children have all mailed their letters to Santa! Many of us are completing preparations for our families to gather together to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.

So, hopefully, we have also been attentive to our need to prepare in anticipation of the coming of the Lord. As we approach the Christmas celebration, are we grateful for His coming into the world, ready to invite Him more deeply into our hearts and longing for His return at the end of days? …

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