Reflection on Hebrews 9:4

“…and the ark of the testament covered about on every part with gold, in which was a golden pot that had manna…” (Hebrews 9:4)

Literal Sense: Preserved inside the Temple and within the ark of the covenant was a pot that contained some of the manna that came down from heaven when the children of Israel were in the wilderness.

Allegorical Sense: As the bread that came down from heaven was preserved in the temple, the true Bread that came down from heaven (John 6:51), Jesus, is reserved in the Tabernacle in every Catholic church.

Moral Sense:  We should be careful to keep the true Bread from heaven, within us since we are God’s temple.

Anagogical Sense:  The true Manna, Jesus, will always be present with us in the heavenly temple.

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