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1004

In expectation of that day, the believer’s body and soul

already participate in the dignity of belonging to Christ. This

dignity entails the demand that he should treat with respect his

own body, but also the body of every other person, especially the

suffering:

The body [is meant] for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his

power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of

Christ? . . . You are not your own; . . . So glorify God in

your body.

563

II.

D

ying

in

C

hrist

J

esus

1005

To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be

away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

564

In that “de-

parture” which is death the soul is separated from the body.

565

It

will be reunited with the body on the day of resurrection of the

dead.

566

Death

1006

“It is in regard to death that man’s condition is most

shrouded in doubt.”

567

In a sense bodily death is natural, but for

faith it is in fact “the wages of sin.”

568

For those who die in Christ’s

grace it is a participation in the death of the Lord, so that they can

also share his Resurrection.

569

1007

Death is the end of earthly life.

Our lives are measured by

time, in the course of which we change, grow old and, as with all

living beings on earth, death seems like the normal end of life. That

aspect of death lends urgency to our lives: remembering our mor-

tality helps us realize that we have only a limited time in which to

bring our lives to fulfillment:

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, . . .

before the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit

returns to God who gave it.

570

563

1 Cor

6:13-15, 19-20.

564

2 Cor

5:8.

565 Cf.

Phil

1:23.

566 Cf. Paul VI,

CPG

§ 28.

567

GS

18.

568

Rom

6:23; cf.

Gen

2:17.

569 Cf.

Rom

6:3-9;

Phil

3:10-11.

570

Eccl

12:1, 7.

364

1397

650