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
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
To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be
away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
In that “de-
parture” which is death the soul is separated from the body.
will be reunited with the body on the day of resurrection of the
“It is in regard to death that man’s condition is most
shrouded in doubt.”
In a sense bodily death is natural, but for
faith it is in fact “the wages of sin.”
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.
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.
566 Cf. Paul VI,