Humor of the Day:
I don’t care WHO you are, quit walking on the water while I’m fishing!
From the Apostles Creed, (continued):
“… THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY …”
Not only is the soul is immortal, but the human body is also destined to rise and be immortal from the grave. Unlike our souls, our bodies are mortal by nature. They were not created to die, according to God’s original plan for mankind, but the sins of Adam and Eve deprived us of the gift of immortality. All must die, because we are all sinners.
The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, and no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die … but they are in peace … and great will their blessing be (Wisdom 3:1-4). The New Testament confirms the teaching of the Old. Jesus told us, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
The Creed, is a profession of belief in the real resurrection of the body. Christ’s raising several people from the dead shows that God is willing to have the human body reunited with the soul. Jesus Christ’s own resurrection is a further crowning proof that we also are destined to rise one day from the grave.
During life on earth we served God not only in our souls, but also in our bodies. Our reward in eternity should also be spiritual and bodily. We form one whole body and soul. The soul cannot be perfectly happy unless the whole of us – body and soul – enjoys the rewards that God has promised to those who love.
Faith tells us that all, the just and the unjust, will rise from their graves. The condition of all who rise will not be the same though. Christ will judge the whole human race on the last day, and two classes of people who will rise: those who will have died over the previous centuries, and those who will be alive on the ‘Day of Judgment.’ The latter will first die, and then they too, will rise from the dead with the rest of the human race (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The Old and New Testaments both makes clear that each of us will be reunited with our own individual body. When our bodies are reunited with our souls, they will be our bodies, not someone else’s. They will be our bodies and not some new creation that never existed before. The risen body will have these qualities though: impassible (no longer in pain, sickness, or inconvenience of any kind), bright (will shine like the sun), agile (able to move about with ease and swiftness, by will), and subtile (the glorified body will be completely under the control, and obedient, to the soul).
Information from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #12:
Witnessing to the good yet to come and obligated to acquire purity of heart because of the vocation they have embraced, they should set themselves free to love God and their brothers and sisters.