Thursday, April 15, 2010

Immortality: Body and Soul

“Summoned by the God who made us, rich in our diversity. Gathered in the Name of Jesus, richer still in unity. Let us bring the gifts that differ and in splendid, varied ways, sing a new church into being, one of faith and love and praise.” These lines quoted from the hymn, Sing a New Church, filled my soul as I was reflecting on today’s post.

Man, made in the image of God is presented as a unified being, made wholly alive, body and soul, through Christ who redeemed us. It was no accident that you and I were chosen to be born. God did that on purpose.

“Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone.” (CCC pg. 102) God is the creator, and as much as all life is precious, people are truly God’s special gifts to the world. Everything was made for us and it is only right that our response is to love and serve God in return.

The story doesn’t end there though. Our physical birth is only a beginning, as we become animated with the Spirit breathing life through us. As much as our bodies work mechanically, our souls work spiritually, joined together in our earthly presence. Two separate entities unite as one, and death cannot separate them.

We live in the promises of redemption, the glory of the Resurrection of Jesus, and the fulfillment of hope in eternal life. “The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God—it is not “produced” by the parents—and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection.” (CCC pg. 104)