Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The resurrection of the body

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One blogger asked the following about death and resurrection: ”After our death does just our souls go to heaven? In one Protestant faith they said the whole body resurrects and goes to heaven.” For what the Catholic Church believes and teaches about the resurrection of the body, I will let the Catechism (#997-1001) answer:

How do the dead rise?

997 What is "rising"? In death, the separation of the soul from the body, the human body decays and the soul goes to meet God, while awaiting its reunion with its glorified body. God, in his almighty power, will definitively grant incorruptible life to our bodies by reuniting them with our souls, through the power of Jesus' Resurrection.


998 Who will rise? All the dead will rise, "those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment."552


999 How? Christ is raised with his own body: "See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself";553 but he did not return to an earthly life. So, in him, "all of them will rise again with their own bodies which they now bear," but Christ "will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body," into a "spiritual body":554

But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel. . . . What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. . . . The dead will be raised imperishable. . . . For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality.555


1000 This "how" exceeds our imagination and understanding; it is accessible only to faith. Yet our participation in the Eucharist already gives us a foretaste of Christ's transfiguration of our bodies:

Just as bread that comes from the earth, after God's blessing has been invoked upon it, is no longer ordinary bread, but Eucharist, formed of two things, the one earthly and the other heavenly: so too our bodies, which partake of the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, but possess the hope of resurrection.556


1001 When? Definitively "at the last day," "at the end of the world."557 Indeed, the resurrection of the dead is closely associated with Christ's Parousia:
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.558

5 Comments:

At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel. . . . What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. . "

So we try so hard, not for this life, but another? That's a hard concept. We know this life; we do not "know" another.

 
At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it ok not to pray for people we don't like even when they ask for prayers?

 
At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

remember what Jesus said about praying for people who despise us and treat us badly? That is what is important. Praying for people we like or those who likes us is easy.

vacationer

 
At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Marion (Mael Muire) said...

Dear Anonymous 7:31 AM

I would like to ask you a question about your question:

What would be the reason behind your not praying for certain people who had asked you to pray for them, I mean, other than that you "don't like" them.

Is "not liking" them your reason not to pray for them? is what I'm trying to find out.

 
At 2:20 AM, Anonymous Night Owl said...

"Is it ok not to pray for people we don't like even when they ask for prayers?"

If people ask for our prayers we should pray for them. People ask for prayers when something serious is happening.

 

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