When we look to the Hebrew Scriptures we see the account in 2 Samuel 6 of how David danced around the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark was the very presence of God among Israel for it contained the tablets on which God wrote the Commandments with His finger. David danced in the procession to Jerusalem around the Ark.
In the Tradition of the Church, we believe that Mary never died. Rather, she was assumed to heaven because of her fidelity to God’s perfect will. She is the Ark that has been brought to the heavenly Jerusalem.
Where she has gone, we hope to follow! This not only makes sense, but it is necessary. God took the lowliest and raised her up. Saint John Damascene speaks eloquently on the Assumption of Our Lady: “It was necessary that the bride espoused by the Father should make her home in the bridal chambers of heaven. It was necessary that she, who had gazed on her crucified Son and been pierced in the heart by the sword of sorrow which she had escaped in giving him birth, should contemplate him seated with the father.”
This is the manner in which we should live our lives every day. We must pray for God to give us the grace to follow Jesus closely so that when our time comes …. Angels may lead us to the heavenly gates and she, the perfect Ark, may show us to Christ her Son!