We Look for the Resurrection of the Dead!

1 Corinthians 15:22-23
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ.

At present, the idea of the resurrection on the Last Day appears to be something like the stuff of fairy tales to most modern people.  Why?  No reason really.  It’s just a current mood.  It’s rejected, not with arguments, but with those sorts of shallow jokes that are the fruit of a mind which has never bothered to think about it much (“Are you going to get back your leg you lost in the war?”).  We are comfortable with the idea of “spirits” in “heaven.”  We don’t know what to do with the idea of a real physical body (albeit glorified) that throws a shadow and makes a noise when it tramps the floorboards.  Yet this, in the end, is what Scripture says will happen. It says so because the authors ate fish with the Risen Christ and He told them so between bites.  That’s not something “spirits” do.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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