We are also told that the ark is a picture of the Church and salvation. In the ark Noah passed through the waters which is a type of baptism.
St. Peter writes, “God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now” (1 Pet 3:20–21).
Jesus says we are born again by water and Spirit which fulfills the prefiguration of Noah and saves us (John 3:3-5).
With all those animals in the ark I wonder who was in charge of cleaning up the mess. I grew up on a farm and it was my job to use the pitch fork to scoop up the nasty straw and spread it on the garden every day.
But sometimes it is worth wading through nasty sh–, I mean piles of poop to get to heaven. We to live in a world full of sin, suffering and abuse, but we persevere and the reward is salvation (Matt 24:13).