“Go into the ark, you and all your household, for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just.” Since the first few moments after the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, God began to work on His sovereign promise to give humanity a second chance to move forward and to exist safe and in holy, sacred space in order to find the way back to heaven. We see this effort dramatically unfold in the call of Noah to gather faithful people and begin a new chapter in the global walk to heaven. As the time unfolded after the words and teaching of the prophets, this renewal was going to be first and foremost through His Our Lord Jesus Christ who would be incarnated into our existence and born of the Virgin Mary. In the three years that Jesus walked the earth, He began the work of creating what we could call a “second ark,” that is, the Church as the people of God where all would be welcomed, safe and prepared for the journey of life.
“And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?” The Gospel today has Jesus reminding those around Him and us that not only will the Church be a refuge for all who want eternal happiness and joy, but all will be fed for the journey. Today as in the days of Noah and the Apostles, we can rejoice with this awesome invitation to live and move and have our being safe with the Lord within His Church and led by such a worthy Captain.
There is but one Church in which people find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved. ~St. Thomas Aquinas