Reflection on Exodus 25:20

“Let them cover both sides of the propitiatory, spreading their wings, and
covering the oracle, and let them look one towards the other, their faces being turned towards the propitiatory wherewith the ark is to be covered.” (Exodus 25:20)

Literal Sense: God instructed Moses to make two figures of cherubim that face each other and continually look towards the ark.

Allegorical Sense: Since the Blessed Virgin Mary is the antitype of the Ark of the Covenant and the angelic cherubim are the antitype of the two cherubim above the ark, these things indicate that the angels continually look to Mary, the new ark, beholding her glory and seeking her intercession.

Moral Sense:  As the angels in heaven seek continually seek the intercession of Mary, so too must we continually seek the help of our Blessed Mother in heaven through prayer.

Anagogical Sense:  These things point us forward to the day when we will continually behold the glory of the blessed Virgin Mary. 

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