Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Imagine the most beautiful woman, if that is possible. What would she look like: The color and length or style of her hair, the shape or color of her eyes, the structure of her face, the length of her neck, her stature and height, and what type of clothing would be associated with her? God did make a most unique woman out of all the others. He had to, because it was to hold and contain His most special Son.

If one thinks about the great care and detailed instructions given to Moses to make the ark of the Covenant, which was to contain the Laws of God written with His own finger, what greater care and exactitude was made the mother, who was to carry God's own Son?

When reading about all that went into the Ark of the Covenant, much pre-figurement of the Blessed Mother of Jesus can be found. First of all the type of wood used, was a type that had the greatest protection against aging, deterioration, mold, bugs. It was untouchable, because even by accidental touching would cause death. It was placed in the Holy of Holies because it was so Holy in itself, from God.

Now according to Christian Tradition, the whole human race receives a stain on their soul as a result of Adam and Eve falling into sin. It was the result of a woman who, being tempted by the Father of Lies, Satan, listened to him instead of God. Eve, mother of the whole human race, was first to turn her head away from God. Because Adam had human respect for his wife, Eve, he also turned his head from God and disobeyed God by complying with Eve's request. This act brought Sin into the world, Sin and Death hold hands. They are always together, only God who is the Giver of Life can overcome Death. It was at this time, in the Bible, when God announced that through a woman that the head of the Father of Lies, Satan, would be crushed.
This woman is Jesus' Mother. She was the new ark of the covenant, who carried the Laws of God within her. She had to be made pure, where decay could never reach her. Because of this great purity, in soul as well as body, she is the most beautiful woman ever formed. She is like a beautifully made lute, where no errors are found in its instrument nor in the sound it produces. Death could never touch her, except through God's Will.

Now here is some writing about the Ark, which I copied, edited and printed here, for quickness of this article. "The Ark of the Covenant is described in the Bible as a sacred container, wherein rested the Tablets of stone containing the Ten Commandments. According to the Biblical account, the Ark was built at the command of God, in accord with Moses' prophetic vision on Mount Sinai (Exodus 25:10-16). God communicated with Moses "from between the two cherubim" on the Ark's cover (Exodus 25:22). The Ark and its sanctuary were "the beauty of Israel" (Lamentations 2:1).

The Biblical account relates that during the exodus of the Israelites, the Ark was carried by the priests ~2,000 cubits (Numbers 35:5; Joshua 4:5) in advance of the people and their army or host (Num. 4:5-6; 10:33-36; Psalms 68:1; 132:8). When the Ark was borne by priests into the bed of the Jordan, the river was separated, opening a pathway for the whole of the host to pass over (Josh. 3:15-16; 4:7-18). The Ark was borne in a seven-day procession around the wall of Jericho by seven priests sounding seven trumpets of rams' horns, the city taken with a shout (Josh. 6:4-20). When carried, the Ark was always wrapped in a veil, and a blue cloth, and was carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the Levites who carried it."

The Mother of Jesus was a very humble woman, and because of this she retained her purity, she during her life on Earth, never sinned. Everyone has heard of Lourdes Water. Lourdes water came from the ground in Lourdes France, and is associated with the Apparition in Lourdes France to Bernadette Soubirou on March 25th, 1858, where in Our Lady finally told Bernadette who she was. (The local priest wanted to know the name of the Lady in the visions). Bernadette asked in her dialect French, "Would you be so kind as to tell me who you are?" Our Lady answered, "I am the Immaculate Conception". Volumes could be spoken on that phrase alone which I will leave for my next article, but I want to focus on the purity of Our Lady and the purpose of today's Feast Day. It is because Our Lady was made so pure, and the fact that she herself did not sin, her soul was so pure that Death could not reach her. Now there are two thoughts on whether or not Death touched Our Lady. One thought is that she was taken body and soul to Heaven without tasting Death, and the other is she tasted death and was taken to Heaven Body and Soul. No one knows for sure. But it is for certain that she rose Body and Soul to Heaven, by Jesus her Son.
Blessed Catherine Anne Emmerich, a Mystic, wrote in a book, that when it was time for Our Lady to go to Heaven, Jesus came for her. He gave her the choice to taste death or to go to Heaven without tasting death. Because she was so humble,she said that if her own Son, who was God, had to taste Death on the cross, who is she not to taste death? And so after tasting death, (by God's will) she was taken to Heaven, body and soul, by Jesus where she lives now, always with her son.

And so we have the great Feast Day of the Catholic Church, the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, Jesus' Mother, celebrated today , August 15th,and every year on this same date.

Thank you Jesus for the gift of your beautiful mother, the new Eve, the Mother and Queen of the whole Universe. Thank you Dear Lady and Mother of all humanity, for the Love you have for all the creatures of the Earth, pray for us.