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the dead.”

549

Encounters with the risen Christ characterize the

Christian hope of resurrection. We shall rise like Christ, with him,

and through him.

996

From the beginning, Christian faith in the resurrection has

met with incomprehension and opposition.

550

“On no point does

the Christian faith encounter more opposition than on the resur-

rection of the body.”

551

It is very commonly accepted that the life

of the human person continues in a spiritual fashion after death.

But how can we believe that this body, so clearly mortal, could rise

to everlasting life?

How do the dead rise?

997

What is “rising”?

In death, the separation of the soul from

the body, the human body decays and the soul goes to meet God,

while awaiting its reunion with its glorified body. God, in his

almighty power, will definitively grant incorruptible life to our

bodies by reuniting them with our souls, through the power of

Jesus’ Resurrection.

998

Who will rise?

All the dead will rise, “those who have done

good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to

the resurrection of judgment.”

552

999

How?

Christ is raised with his own body: “See my hands

andmy feet, that it is I myself”;

553

but he did not return to an earthly

life. So, in him, “all of them will rise again with their own bodies

which they now bear,” but Christ “will change our lowly body to

be like his glorious body,” into a “spiritual body”:

554

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what

kind of body do they come?” You foolish man! What you

sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow

is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel . . . . What is

sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. . . . The

dead will be raised imperishable. . . . For this perishable

nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature

must put on immortality.

555

549

Acts

1:22; 10:41; cf. 4:33.

550 Cf.

Acts

17:32;

1 Cor

15:12-13.

551 St. Augustine,

En. in Ps.

88, 5: PL 37, 1134.

552

Jn

5:29; cf.

Dan

12:2.

553

Lk

24:39.

554 Lateran Council IV (1215): DS 801;

Phil

3:21;

1 Cor

15:44.

555

1 Cor

15:35-37, 42, 52, 53.

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