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The Profession of Faith

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This “how” exceeds our imagination and understanding;

it is accessible only to faith. Yet our participation in the Eucharist

already gives us a foretaste of Christ’s transfiguration of our bodies:

Just as bread that comes from the earth, after God’s blessing

has been invoked upon it, is no longer ordinary bread, but

Eucharist, formed of two things, the one earthly and the

other heavenly: so too our bodies, which partake of the

Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, but possess the hope of

resurrection.

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When?

Definitively “at the last day,” “at the end of the

world.”

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Indeed, the resurrection of the dead is closely associated

with Christ’s Parousia:

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven, with a cry

of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound

of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise

first.

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Risen with Christ

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Christ will raise us up “on the last day”; but it is also true

that, in a certain way, we have already risen with Christ. For, by

virtue of the Holy Spirit, Christian life is already now on earth a

participation in the death and Resurrection of Christ:

And you were buried with him in Baptism, in which you

were also raised with him through faith in the working of

God, who raised him from the dead . . . . If then you have

been raisedwith Christ, seek the things that are above, where

Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

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United with Christ by Baptism, believers already truly

participate in the heavenly life of the risen Christ, but this life

remains “hidden with Christ in God.”

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The Father has already

“raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly

places in Christ Jesus.”

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Nourished with his body in the Eucha-

rist, we already belong to the Body of Christ. When we rise on the

last day we “also will appear with him in glory.”

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556 St. Irenaeus,

Adv. haeres.

4, 18, 4-5: PG 7/1, 1028-1029.

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Jn

6:39-40, 44, 54; 11:24;

LG

48 § 3.

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1 Thess

4:16.

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Col

2:12; 3:1.

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Col

3:3; cf.

Phil

3:20.

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Eph

2:6.

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Col

3:4.

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1227

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