One of the traditional characteristics of royalty is someone who leads an army into battle. Before Israel had a king, they would go into battle led by the Ark of the Covenant, which represented the presence of Almighty God in their midst. Eventually, the Ark of the Covenant was lost to history. However, Christians see Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as the new “Ark of the Covenant”—one who bears within her the presence of the King of Kings. On August 22, we celebrate the feast of the Queenship of Mary and consider how the Book of Revelation tells us of the appearance of a regal woman about to give birth right before a great battle between good and evil. Catholics see this mysterious woman as Mary—the new Ark of the Covenant—and her child as the King who leads us into battle versus evil armed with mercy, compassion, justice, faith, hope, and charity.
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