Thought of the day
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wednesday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

"He is not God of the dead but of the living"

     “I believe in the resurrection of the dead”: the Christian Creed – the profession of our faith in God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and in God's creative and sanctifying action – culminates in the proclamation of the resurrection of the dead on the last day, and in life everlasting. We firmly believe, and hence we hope that, just as Christ is truly risen from the dead and lives for ever, so after death the righteous will live for ever with the risen Christ and he will raise them up on the last day. Our resurrection, like his own, will be the work of the most holy Trinity... The term 'flesh' refers to man in his state of weakness and mortality. The 'resurrection of the flesh' means not only that the immortal soul will live on after death, but that even our 'mortal body' will come to life again (Rom 8,11). 

     Belief in the resurrection of the dead has been an essential element of the Christian faith from its beginnings. “The confidence of Christians is the resurrection of the dead; believing this we live” (Tertullian)... God revealed the resurrection of the dead to his people progressively. Hope in the bodily resurrection of the dead established itself as a consequence intrinsic to faith in God as creator of the whole man, soul and body. The creator of heaven and earth is also the one who faithfully maintains his covenant with Abraham and his posterity. It was in this double perspective that faith in the resurrection came to be expressed... 

The Pharisees and many of the Lord's contemporaries hoped for the resurrection. Jesus teaches it firmly. To the Sadducees who deny it he answers: “Is not this why you are wrong, that you neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?” Faith in the resurrection rests on faith in God who is “not God of the dead, but of the living”. But there is more. Jesus links faith in the resurrection to his own person: “I am the Resurrection and the life” (Jn 11,25). It is Jesus himself who, on the last day, will raise up those who have believed in him, who have eaten his body and drunk his blood (Jn 6,40.54).