Don’t settle for anything less than the real and original … Saturday, February 23

English: The Ark of the Covenant Brought into ...

The Ark of the Covenant Brought into the Temple. This? It’s just the beginning of the reality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Glorious Mystery, the Assumption. “And the temple of God in heaven was opened, and there came flashes of lightning, and peals of thunder.” Acts 11:29. Typology. Many of the things in the Old Testament are shadows and types or examples of things to come. The things to come came with the New Testament and are revealed through it. The temple of God on earth contained certain things. Primarily it contained the Ark of the Covenant, upon which God’s glory rested, and the Ark contained the Tablets of the Law which contained the Word of God written by God’s own hand. It also contained manna and the rod that bloomed. In the New Testament it was Mary upon whom God’s glory rested, she contained the Word which was the true Manna from Heaven and was the rod or branch or root of Jesse, the Messiah. This rod, in the Old Testament, was just a piece of dead wood but it sprouted a miraculous bloom which is prophetic of the resurrection when that branch of Jesse, the Christ, was dead and lived again. When John saw the Temple in Heaven opened he no doubt saw its contents. Its right after this that he sees a woman clothed with the sun. This is the content of the Heavenly Temple. This is the true Ark of the Covenant. This is Mary. John saw her in Heaven. This is Mary, this is a Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Assumption. Remember this. In this modern world of confused people and confusing denominations Catholics get a bad rap for being un-Biblical. This isn’t true. What’s true is that, given the confusion, many people, Catholics included, don’t know the Church’s Biblical basis for Her teachings. If they did, which understanding takes time and study, they would realize that the Holy Roman Catholic Church is the ONLY truly Biblical Church there is. And Mary, with her Assumption into Heaven, is one of the proofs of this.

Today … St. Polycarp sat at the feet of the original disciples and learned the faith from them. He was a “second generation” Catholic. He KNEW we were Biblical because he knew the guys God had used to give His Church the Bible and the beginnings of our understanding of it. I say “beginnings” because the longer the Church ponders the Scriptures and the Truths of God the more She understands them. And this understanding is guarded and led by the Holy Spirit given to the Church at Pentecost. Polycarp got in on the beginnings of all this. We are where we are, with the understanding garnered over a 2,000 year period. Keep the faith like Polycarp did. Keep the things, both written and oral, that God gave His original disciples. With that understanding, with this truth, let’s be THE Bible believing Church that we are. Study like Polycarp did. Study fosters knowing and knowing fosters an effective witness.

Study … “The things which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, these do ye, and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:9. “Carefully study to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.