Recently on The Patrick Madrid Show, 6-year-old Kayha called in to ask Patrick what our glorified bodies will be like. “I have a question. I know that we get our souls when we come to heaven and die when Jesus comes back to earth again, and we get our bodies back. But do we still have our blood and our hearts and our veins and everything else?”
In other words, will our glorified bodies still consist of the same anatomical structure that our earthly bodies do?
Patrick answered her, saying that we will have all of those things because they are integral to the human body and, therefore, will be part of the glorified bodies we reassume at the general judgment. In Jesus’s second coming, we will arise, body and soul. We know it will be glorious, but we don’t exactly know what it will be like.
Patrick referred Kayha and her parents to the biblical stories from after Jesus’s Resurrection when He would appear in rooms and walk through walls. Those are things that we cannot do right now because of the limitations of our natural, human forms. But just like Jesus, we will no longer be restricted by our natural forms. We will attain supernatural abilities that we cannot even comprehend right now.
To be clear, these supernatural bodies that God will give us are still made up of flesh and bone, muscle and sinew. But all of the things about us that were weak – back pain, fatigue, broken bones, diseases, etc. – will be gone. We will never have to sleep or eat or drink to stay alive. In heaven, we will be able to see and know everything and travel anywhere in the universe.
“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.” (CCC, #997)
And we know these beliefs are undeniable and integral to us as Catholics because we state them in both the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed:
“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.” (Apostle’s Creed)
“I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” (Nicene Creed)
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