September 19, 2020

Someone may say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?”

Saint Paul faces us with this question in today’s reading. He goes on to tell us that this is a foolish question. “You fool!” he says, “What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be….” To try to imagine what our glorified existence will be like is a waste of time. All we can do is appreciate that we will one day see God as he is. As Paul says in the same letter, God has revealed to us “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Need we anything more?

Our faith gives us the assurance that we who have been saved by God’s grace will be raised from the dead into newness of life—for we are saved spirit, soul, and body, and we will have bodies like unto his glorious body. Everywhere you look these days, it seems people are trying to get the perfect body. Magazine covers feature tips on how to lose 20 pounds in ten days, cosmetic companies promise creams that erase the lines of time on our faces, and the media continues to bombard us with the idea that we should all look like runway models. This is all so ephemeral.

In the Eucharist, we receive the bread of eternal life. There, Christ plants the seed of a life that will never end. And we who have been joined to his eucharistic body here on earth have the assurance that one day we will have bodies like his glorious risen body.

Once again, need we anything more?

Let Us Pray:

Heavenly Father, I thank you that because Jesus is risen from the dead, my earthly, corruptible mortal body will one day be a heavenly and incorruptible body like his, one that will not fade away. Help me to remain steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord. May all I do be done to your greater praise and glory.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015.