For a glimpse at what we can expect in eternal life, let’s look to what Jesus tells the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection of the body. Can you imagine how horrible it would be to believe that death was the end of everything? Thankfully, we Catholics know that there is life after death.
“When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven.” – Mark 12:25
No marriage in heaven
In heaven we “neither marry nor are given in marriage”. If you’re married and have cringed a bit at this idea—wait a minute; you’re telling me I’m never going to see my husband again in heaven? Cale wants you to calm down, because that’s not the case at all.
“Your relationship will be closer than ever if you’re both in heaven. God willing, that will be the case. Because you’ll be united in an even better marriage—the eternal marriage of Christ and his bride, the Church. And that’s what your earthly marriage is supposed to be a sign and pointing people towards,” said Cale Clarke, host of The Faith Explained on Relevant Radio®.
Like the angels
It’s a common misconception that when we die, we become angels. “Heaven gained another angel” or “Grandma is my guardian angel” are things that you have probably heard from time to time. The fact is, we do not become angels.
The creed states, “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” So why don’t we become angels? Angels are a different type of being from humans—they are spiritual beings while we have bodies and souls. When Jesus says that we will be like the angels, he means that we will be immortal and in union with God.
After all, we know that when the final judgment comes, we will be reunited with our bodies. “When we die, our bodies are separated from our souls for a period of time, but at the resurrection, at the end of days, our bodies will be reunited with our souls. We’ll be given resurrected bodies, perfect bodies,” explained Cale.
For more teaching about scripture and Church teaching, tune in to The Faith Explained with Cale Clarke weekdays at 12:30-1pm CT only on Relevant Radio®.