Adult Faith Formation Column for the Sunday Bulletin of St. Michael Parish, Livermore, California

This weekly column is a short meditation on the Bible readings of the Sunday Mass. The meditations are direct quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal encyclicals, writings of the Saints, and similar orthodox sources.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday 6 November 2011

Rising from the Dead

... In death, the separation of the soul from the body, the human
body decays and the soul goes to meet God, while awaiting its reunion
with its glorified body.  God, in his almighty power, will definitively
grant incorruptible life to our bodies by reuniting them with our souls,
through the power of Jesus' Resurrection.

... All the dead will rise, "those who have done good, to the
resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection
of judgment.

Christ will raise us up "on the last day"; but it is also true that,
in a certain way, we have already risen with Christ.  For, by virtue of the
Holy Spirit, Christian life is already now on earth a participation in the
death and Resurrection of Christ:

        And you were buried with him in Baptism, in which you
        were also raised with him through faith in the working of
        God, who raised him from the dead ....If then you have
        been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,
        where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

United with Christ by Baptism, believers already truly participate in
the heavenly life of the risen Christ, but this life remains "hidden
with Christ in God."  The Father has already "raised us up with him, and
made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus."  Nourished with
his body in the Eucharist, we already belong to the Body of Christ.  We we rise
on the last day we "also will appear with him in glory."

                    -- Catechism of the Catholic Church
                        paragraphs 997- 998, 1002-1003

Prayer of Saint Gertrude

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son,
Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the
holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal
church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen

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