“The glory of the Lord has departed from Israel; for the ark of God is taken.” (1Samuel 4:22)
Sometimes we put so much faith in God’s symbolic presence that we lose sight of God himself. We hang “crosses” from our car windshields, bury St. Joseph statues in our yard to bless our houses, and worship icons instead of our Creator. Yet when Jesus was crucified, the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom, giving us free access to communicate directly with God through Jesus Christ. We don’t need symbols to block the pathway
A case in point is described in the book of 1 Samuel. The Israelites had just been defeated by the Philistines and decided to bring the ark of the covenant with them into the battlefield. In ancient times, the ark was a wooden chest that contained the 10 Commandments and other symbols of God’s presence. The ark began to be used as their good luck charm, and instead of seeking counsel from God, they put their confidence in the ark itself. The result was defeat in battle and the capture of the ark by the Philistines.
So the next time you reach for the rosary, remember that the power does not come from objects but from a direct connection to our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. He has opened the door to the throne of grace. Won’t you walk through it, unhindered by symbolic roadblocks? He is waiting…..(Judy Whittaker)