God’s Masterpiece

By the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, Mary becomes the new and paramount ark.… If the ark of the covenant was rightfully revered in Israel’s liturgy, it should be no surprise that the ark of the New Covenant, Mary, has a place of great honor in the liturgy and life of the new Israel, the Church. After all, God has placed her in the midst of His heavenly temple and has crowned her with a crown of twelve stars. In John’s vision, a third of the angels, along with their leader, the great dragon, are thrown down from heaven, whereas the woman is raised up on the wings of eagles. Clearly God has thrown down “the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly” (Lk 1:52). Therefore the Catechism declares that: “Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time” (no. 721). As God’s “masterwork,” it is no wonder why all generations call her blessed. (Dr. Scott Hann)

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