We wrapped up the 3-day mission on Mary at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Cypress, CA last night with this short talk on Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. I had an amazing time there, and can not begin to thank my amazing hosts for such wonderful hospitality. Mary is the NEW Mercy Seat, where God dispenses His graces lavishly upon his people…. O, Mary Seat of Wisdom… pray for us!
Note: During the talk I mentioned the cube shape of the “Holy Of Holies” being a perfect cube, unfortunately, I was not able to get back to this point and why it was significant. Here’s why…. as you can see from the passages in Revelation 21, the NEW Heaven is described as a perfect cube shape, the same as that of the “Holy Of Holies” in the Temple, the room where the Ark of God was placed. This was the most intimate portion of the Temple, where only the High Priest could go to offer sacrifice for the sins of the people, and only once a year… the place where God dwelled among men, where he sat above His mercy seat and bestowed His graces to His people. This is the image we are now given for the NEW Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ at the wedding feast of the Lamb… WE are now the most intimate portion of God’s possession, united to His Mother, His Mercy Seat, for eternity. That is how much God loves and adores you… he makes it possible for us to walk in the garden of His inner life once again, in perfect communion!
1 Kings 6:20 (RSVCE) 20 The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high; and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also made an altar of cedar.
Revelation 21:1–4 (RSVCE) 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; 3 and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:16 (RSVCE) 16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its breadth; and he measured the city with his rod, twelve thousand stadia; its length and breadth and height are equal.