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Noah's Ark Today

Feb 21, 2018

In today’s first reading God establishes a covenant with Noah and his entire family. However, in order for a family bond to be established there must be in place an initial covenant that insures that a family is formed…and that is between a man and wife.  

God is already a family of Father, Son and Holy Spirit who have been bound, committed and covenanted to each other for all eternity.   As a husband and wife fully give themselves to each other in holy matrimony so God wishes to give Himself, the fullness of the Holy Trinity to all of us.

That is why we hear that the sign of the covenant with Noah is a Rainbow. From our perspective here on earth it seems as though the rainbow is an arc extending from one point of the horizon to the other.  However, if we were to look at a rainbow from the sky, the perspective of God, one would see the Rainbow as a complete circle. 

And how appropriate since this should remind us of another covenantal circle…a wedding ring. A circle symbolizes eternity, but more than a symbol it is a reality that God wants us to embrace since He has created us to live and love and be loved forever. 

Now marriages are made complete when the two lovers become one flesh. Their love for each other is made incarnate in the flesh, as once the love of God became visible in the body of Jesus.  Lovers express their love for each other most fully in and through their bonded bodies wherein lies their now bonded hearts and souls. 

This bonded love is so powerful it creates new life; in other words a family. The oath to cherish, honor, defend, protect and respect is now extended to and through the children.  How so?

Husband and wife, now parents, create for them a safe, secure and loving environment…a home…a domestic ark or more appropriately a domestic church where the knowledge and worship of God is practiced and appreciated through the expression of their supportive love for each other.

Why is this environment so essential? The same threat that existed in the Garden of Eden, urging rebellion and sin is more potent today than it ever was even in Noah’s time.

And there is nothing that Satan hates more than marriage and family because nowhere is the bond of love greater than in the marital covenant. Having betrayed and fled his own family in Heaven, the devil tries to exact his revenge not upon God but who God loves the most…His children…as the divorce, dysfunction, pornography and abortion rates spiraling out of control indicate.

Where then is our Ark? It is the Church. Traditionally the Church is referred to as the Ship of Peter.  Saint Peter was the first leader or Pope of the Church: A fisherman commissioned by Christ to bring in a massive haul of souls for salvation, but with all hands on deck to help out as Noah had his family assist in the building and keeping of the Ark. 

Peter had his able crew as Pope Francis now has his…us…to man and woman this vessel for the salvation of the whole world and not just humanity: as the covenant of Noah promises…all living creatures…for what we are preparing and fighting for is a New Heaven and a New Earth to be enjoyed in perfect peace and bliss forever.

But the devil and his very able crew with tireless efforts want to sink the Catholic Church.

But Jesus promised Peter and all Peters since to Francis that the gates of hell shall not prevail against my Church.

On May 30, 1862, Saint John Bosco recounted a prophetic vision where he had seen an immense sea, on which a great many ships were arranged for battle, against a larger and taller ship. He explains: "In the midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar high into the sky.  One is surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin, at whose feet a large inscription reads: 'Help of Christians'.

The other, far loftier and sturdier, supports a Eucharistic Host of proportionate size, and bears beneath it the inscription: 'Salvation of believers'.

 "The main ship commander the Roman Pope standing at the helm, strains every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns.  The entire enemy fleet closes in, to intercept and sink the ship at all costs.

They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, bombs, firearms, cannons. But to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course.

"Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up; ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In a blind fury, the enemy takes to hand to hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded.

 He is instantly helped up, but, struck a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises from the enemy, and wild rejoicing.  But no sooner is the Pope dead, than another takes his place. The enemy's self assurance wanes.

"Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his ships safely between the two columns; first, to the one surmounted by the Eucharistic Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin. At this point, something unexpected happens.

The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with each other.  A great calm now covers the sea."

The two greatest treasures in life are the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Eucharist…and the Ark which guides us safely and confidently to the discovery of the immense wealth of beauty, truth, healing and love contained therein is the Catholic Church led by our Noah and Peter who is Pope Francis.

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