In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on the Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting. We will review the important role the body plays in our temporal and eternal life and introduce the miracle of the incorruptibility of the body.
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Being a human requires a body. The body is an important part of God’s plan for us. When we learned about Creation we talked about the job of our bodies. Through the body we show our love for God in a special way. We worship God with our voices and our actions.
What we do with our bodies is very important. How we use them helps decide where we go when we die. Think about the questions you ask yourself during the Examination of Conscience. Many of the questions are about things you did or didn’t do. Did you hit someone out of anger? Did you pay attention in Mass? Did you talk back to your parents? Did you ignore a friend who needed help? Your body is an important part of these! Go through your Examination of Conscience and count how many of the questions involve the use of your body. How many are there?
Because our bodies do so much in our earthly life, they will be a part of our eternal life, too. We know this from Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. He spent 40 days with the Apostles after He rose from the dead. He was with them in body and soul. When Jesus returns at the End of Time, everyone will be reunited with their bodies.
For the people in Heaven, their bodies are glorified. This means that the body is perfect. There is no sickness. There is no weakness. There is nothing that we would call “ugly.” Their bodies are glorified for the same reason their souls are perfect. God is perfect, and in Heaven people are united to Him. People can’t be in the Beatific Vision without being perfect.
People in Hell and Purgatory will get their bodies at the end of time, too. Their bodies will do what their souls do. In Hell, the body suffers with the soul forever. In Purgatory, the body suffers with the soul to be cleaned. Once clean, both rise to Heaven.
Spotlight on the Saints: St. Nicholas of Tolentine
There is a phenomenon among some of the canonized saints that reflects God’s salvific plan for our bodies: the incorruptibility of the dead. A number of the bodies of saints, when examined after many years (or even centuries!) show almost no sign of normal decay. These bodies, unlike that of mummies, remain supple. Some saint’s bodies proved to have fresh blood still in them. One such saint is Nicholas of Tolentine. But this miraculous phenomenon is the least of his wonders.
Nicholas was born to two middle-aged parents in 1245, after they had prayed to St. Nicholas of Myra for the blessing of children. At 18 Nichola... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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