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    Sermon 624 : A New Ark for a New Covenant : 4th Sunday of Advent

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    The greatest and most revered of Israel's kings was David. It is from the family of David that the Messiah would come into the world and to the surprise of Israel and of the world, the Messiah who is born from the House of David, is the God of Israel himself! Mary, the Mother of God, is therefore to be likened to a new Ark of the Covenant, for in her womb, the God of Israel dwells and makes himself not only Israel's Messiah, but in wonder of the Incarnation, he becomes for us a new and everlasting covenant.
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paul mugerwa
All I can say, "I desire greater love for the blessed virgin Mary." Mother Mary, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, for we so desire the presence of the divine - Jesus.
12/19/2012 10:33:19 PM
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CCC 488
- "God sent forth his Son", but to prepare a body for him, he wanted the free co-operation of a creature. For this, from all eternity God chose for the mother of his Son a daughter of Israel, a young Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee, "a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary":

- The Father of mercies willed that the Incarnation should be preceded by assent on the part of the predestined mother, so that just as a woman had a share in the coming of death, so also should a woman contribute to the coming of life.

A few related very short concise readings of interest.
CCC - (I) Why did the word become flesh? & (II) The Incarnation.

CCC - (III) True God & True man

CCC - (IV) How is the Son of God man?
12/21/2012 9:05:55 AM
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It is so beautiful to hear you speak of Mary becoming the Ark of the Covenant,so gentle, so innocent, so sustained by the Father, she said yes to Divine Love, and ceded her will for our Hope; the Father's Child! Oh Night Divine! God Speed!
12/21/2012 11:16:07 AM
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Actually it is Mary's response to God I remember. I'm especially intrigued, and hadn't thought of this before, that an angel, Gabriel, visited both a man, Zechariah, and a woman, Mary, within 6 months of one's interesting to note how the man responded, asking a question, and the angel's reaction to him and then how the woman responded, asking a question also, and how the angel reacted to her.
12/21/2012 7:33:40 PM
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There is an absolutely beautiful piece of art called Jump For Joy by Corby Eisbacher. It is of The Visitation and I believe he draws his inspiration from the move The Nativity Story. You can find it here:
12/22/2012 1:55:11 PM
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vito benigno
Peace be with you my Dear Father Barron and Merry Christmas!i remember several years back, my father gave me his 1958 marian missal he used in Catholic school as a young boy.In reading the litany of the Blessed virgin Mary,i noticed it refered to the Immaculata as the ark of the covenant Foederis arca,.This made it crstal clear to me,who exactly this Handmaid of the Lord is.i pray that this world find that quiet time this Christmas as we remember that most Holy night the Christ child was born to the Blessed virgin Mary and St.Joseph.Sancta Maria,ora pro nobis.
12/23/2012 4:30:27 PM
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Carolyn Held
Fr. Barron's explanations makes it easy to understand the readings at Mass. I have just discovered the website and plan to continue going back to previous explanations. I have taken the course on Catholicism.
1/7/2013 7:25:00 AM
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