The new ark of the covenant?
What, you can't see the parallel between God and the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament and then Mary as the new Ark of the Covenant while bearing God Incarnate into the world? Her being the Ark and Jesus (God Incarnate) being the Covenant? Isn't Jesus the "new covenant" between the Creator and man?
If you want to compare Mary to the Ark of the Covenant, because she carried Jesus...then you must be able to tell what item in the original Ark represented the covenant.
See, problem is that God's covenant was not inside the Ark. It was the Ark itself that represented the covenant.
Unless you are saying that Mary herself represents the covenant, the comparison does not fly.
It should also be said that Gods covenant did not enter the world through the Ark. The covenant was in place hundreds of years before there even was an Ark. The Ark has never been the carrier of God's covenant, and neither was Mary.
Mary was the Ark, the "carrying vessel". (You folks always describe her as God's vessel) In the OT the Covenant was the inscribed 10 Commandments, (and in the Book of Hebrews it says it carried a few other things). You know, so the covenant is that which bound the Jews to God, as in the same way Jesus (He who was carried by Mary) now binds us all to God. No? It all seems plausable to me.
The items in the Ark were: Ten Commandments, Aaron's staff, jar with manna, bronze serpent.
See, none of these items represented the covenant or were even related to them.
In fact the Ark did not carry anything that bound the Jews to God.
The Jews were bound to God by His promise. God selected them from the nations. It was God's one-sided covenant with Abraham that bound the Jews to Him.
The Law did not bind anything to God. The Jews were bound to God hundreds of years before they were given the Law.
The Ark is totally irrelevant in the connection the Jews have with God. It was nothing more but a representation of the old covenant.
Shortly after Jesus' death you see the Ark disappears and has never been found. Its gone. It has no use anymore.
Now, also realize that during its existence the Ark has been violated (defiled).
It was taken out of the temple and brought to the battle where it was captured and stored in Dagon's temple.
So if you really want to compare Mary to the Ark...then you should also allow Mary to be "defiled".
Catholics keep on claiming that it is unthinkable that God would allow Joseph to "defile" Mary...but yet God allowed the Ark to be defiled.