God is preparing us, little by little, for the forthcoming celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Last week we had rose vestments, we’ve got our penance services going on, it’s Spring Break, and it’s getting a bit warmer out. And now God has given us these readings—all about the resurrection of the dead. I almost hesitate to preach on the resurrection given that it is still Lent, but the readings seem to suggest I do. So I will.
I want to focus, at least for a moment, on the resurrection of the dead. It’s an important dogma of our faith, but one that is I’m afraid often glanced over these days. It is a belief which we have held from the beginning. We believe that, when Jesus returns, God will raise our bodies up from the earth and they will become glorified bodies in heaven. We proclaim belief in this every time we recite the Creed at Holy Mass: “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead….” It’s in the Scriptures: all of our readings reference it today, and you’ll find it in plenty of places. For example, 1 Cor 15. It’s also in the Catechism (CCC 1017). It’s everywhere with the Church Fathers. And in particular, it is in the prayers of the funeral Mass and the burial. It will be a beautiful day, that glorious day when our bodies are gloriously raised up! They won’t be these decrepit bodies, but glorified bodies says scripture. I think I will have hair in heaven!