But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
Someone may say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?” [1 Corinthians. 15:35]
When it comes to life after death, Paul offers metaphysics but very few specifics. Even Jesus noted merely that after death, we are “like angels” – without supplying what angels are like. So the term “glorified bodies” is what we are stuck with. Certainly every airbrushed celebrity you’ve ever see on a magazine cover pales in comparison. The glorified body will be as good on the inside as it looks on the surface.
Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, through your death and resurrection, our beloved family and friends have crossed over into eternal life. Death does not have the final word. Love absolutely has no end. We trust in the communion of saints and believe that our loved ones have joined that community. Their spirit is with us, guiding, comforting, and cherishing our joys. Increase our faith, Lord, so we deeply cling to this wonderful reality that you and our loved ones are an integral part of our lives.
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