What We Believe: Part 24 – Resurrection of The Body
The new Catechism makes this remarkable statement about this article of the Apostles Creed:” On no point does the Christian faith encounter more opposition than on the resurrection of the body. However, the new Catechism assures us that “He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (989).
So even for baptized Catholics, It might be difficult to accept this teaching as factual and not just rhetorical. After several pages of text devoted to elaborating on this initial statement, the Catechism has a summary statement that should leave no doubt that it really means that our bodies will be raised, and in a glorified state, be reunited with our spiritual component and as at present to form a unit.
We can’t imagine what it will be like. Will it be exactly like it is at present? Will we have the same body or just another body? If the resurrected and glorified body of Jesus is considered, we can presume that it will be somewhat different as was Jesus who was not recognized immediately on sight by His apostles. He even had to eat a piece of fish to convince them that He was not a ghost but had a real body and not just the appearance. He called their attention to the wounds in His hands, feet and side that had been afflicted on His human body before death.
It is inconceivable that martyrs who died in great agony from wounds would not have these signs of their heroism on their resurrected bodies. When Mary’s assumption I nto heaven was declared to be a dogma, one of the arguments presented was that it would not be appropriate that her body should eventually decay after giving birth to the Son of God.
The Church does not speculate on possible details. It is more concerned about assuring the Church about belief in the resurrection of the Body. That fact has been revealed by God so the Church is content not to make idle speculations. It does state that God originally did not intend that we should die. Death is one of the consequence of original sin.(1008)
The summary statement in the Catechism is as follows: “At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. Then the just will reign with Christ for ever, glorified in body and soul, and the material universe itself will be transformed. God will then be with us ‘all in all’(1 Cor 15:28), in eternal life.” (1060).