Resurrected Body

Two questions about the resurrection of the body:

  1. We have (glorified) physical bodies in heaven, able to eat and drink, as Jesus showed us. What will this body be? Will God give us a new body from scratch, or will our old (corrupted) bodies be renewed and glorified into a new body? If they are renewed old bodies, what about those who are cremated or decomposed?

  2. When will our souls reunite with our bodies? Would it be after the second coming of Jesus (which would mean at this moment, saints in heaven have yet bodily resurrected), after we enter heaven, or when we are justified for heaven (either at the private judgement or after we come out from purgatory)?

No. 2: Some bodies will be glorified at the second coming, but not those destined to hell. The human body after its resurrection from the dead and reunion with the soul is called the glorified body. It is this body which experiences the Beatific Vision – see St. Paul’s Letter I Corinthians 15:42-44.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

205. What happens to our body and our soul after death?

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After death, which is the separation of the body and the soul, the body becomes corrupt while the soul, which is immortal, goes to meet the judgment of God and awaits its reunion with the body when it will rise transformed at the time of the return of the Lord. How the resurrection of the body will come about exceeds the possibilities of our imagination and understanding.

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Re: # 1 the First Epistle of St. John states that this information was never revealed. We don’t know what our glorified bodies will be, only that “we’ll be like Him”.

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Beautiful Analogy …

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” 36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. 37 And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. 38 Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed. 39 Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

40 There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies. 41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.

42 It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. 43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. 44 They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.

45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.”[[a] ] But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. 49 Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like[[b] ] the heavenly man.

50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,[[c] this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.

56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

What strikes me is that Christ’s glorified body bore scars. I wonder if we, too, will bear the scars of our suffering?

If those scars are part of our sanctification then I suspect the answer is yes. I doubt every injury or infirmity will come through, though. Did every one of his?

Interesting thoughts :thinking:

We’ll find out …

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