“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” - Matthew 27:50-53
After Jesus dies, the Bible describes that many saints had been resurrected and appeared to many people. Did they receive glorified bodies and eventually assume into heaven? Or was it just temporary? Also, come to think of it, when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead did he receive a glorified body?
Lazarus’ body wasn’t a glorified one, so he had to die again.
Regarding Matthew 27:52,53, according to the Navarre Bible for St Matthew, the Church just doesn’t know. The commentary says:
These events are undoubtedly difficult to understand. No explanation should say what the text does not say. Nor does any other part of sacred Scripture, or the Magisterium of the Church, help to clarify what actually happened.
The great Church writers have suggested three possible explanations.
First: that it was not a matter of resurrections in the strict sence, but of apparitions of these dead people.
Second: they would have been dead people who arose in the way Lazarus did, and then died again.
Third: their resurrection would have been definitive, that is glorious, in this way anticipating the final universal resurrection of the dead.
The first explanation does not seem to be very faithful to the text which does use the words “were raised” (surrexerunt). The third is difficult to reconcile with the clear assertion of Scripture that Christ was the first-born from the dead (cf. 1 Cor 15:20; Col 1:18). St Augustine, St Jerome and St Thomas are inclined towards the second explanation because they feel it fits in best with the sacred text and does not present the theological difficulties which the third does…
Going by that quote, the second possibility does seem the most likely, so unless something has happened since the 1980s when the Navarre book was published… we still don’t know! :shrug:
Yes, they were raised with glorified bodies, but after Jesus.
The people mentioned as being raised, were raised after Jesus was raised. He was raised on the feast of the First Fruits (the day following the Sabbath following Passover) of the barley harvest. To fulfill this feast there needed to be a sheaf of grain so there needed to be more than just one person (Jesus) so these also where raised in glorified bodies. They did not go to heaven until Jesus went to His Father later that day after He met Mary Magdalene, etc. They were the first fruit of the barley harvest with the next installment being at the wheat harvest at Pentecost.
Grace and peace,
…Lazarus as that twelve year-old girl (St. Matthew 9:18-26) and the young man (Acts 20:7-11) were not changed; they simply were resurrected onto life (as the many resuscitated by medical science or nature itself).
Those spoken of in St. Matthew… well, I cannot recall hearing any Church Teaching on this issue; through it is probable that they did since their first act was to remain in hidden till Jesus would Rise and make Himself Known.
Yet, as with them bones (Ezekiel 37), it is not Revealed what fully transpired–if they simply rejoined humanity, lived in seclusion or were Granted Glorified Bodies and taken into Heaven.
…can’t recall any writings on this but I think that that type of veneration would take place as miracles were attributed to the various relics–though I don’t think that the early Church thought of the martyrs as having their bodies glorified by martyrdom.