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The Question about the Resurrection

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, when challenged by the Sadducees, Jesus teaches about the resurrection of the body at the end of time. In this lesson, students will explore what the Church teaches about the end of time and the meaning of the resurrection of the body.

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A. Have students read the Gospel passage, or read it aloud to your students, and then answer the focus questions. You may have students answer them on their own or you may discuss them together as a class.

B. Create a prayerful atmosphere in your classroom. Show your students the video of the song 鈥淐hrist Is Risen鈥 by Matt Maher, which can be found at the following link: Sophiaonline.org/ChristIsRisen. Then, lead your students in a discussion of the meaning of the song using the Christ is Risen Guided Discussion notes below.

C. Arrange your students into six groups. Assign each group one of the paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church listed on the What Do We Believe about the New Heavens and the New Earth at the End of Time? activity. Have each group read their assigned CCC reference and answer the focus questions.

D. When each group has finished their assigned portion, call on each group to share their findings about what we believe as Catholics about the end of time.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. That there is a resurrection. (We believe as Christians that at the end of time, when Jesus returns, there will be a resurrection of the body in which our souls will be reunited with our glorified bodies, much like what Jesus鈥 glorified body was like after His Resurrection. It is in the state that we will enjoy eternal life in communion with God and with each other in the New Heaven and the New Earth.)
  2. If a man dies without any children, his brother may marry his wife to raise up descendants for him.
  3. If there were seven brothers who each married the same woman after the previous brother died without children (according to the Law of Moses), then, at the resurrection, whose wife would she be?聽
  4. We neither marry nor are given in marriage. In other words, there is no marriage after the resurrection of the body at the end of time.
  5. There is no marriage after the resurrection because we no longer die, and are like the angels, children of God.
  6. Moses called God the God not 鈥渙f the dead, but of the living, for to Him all alive.鈥

What We Believe about the New Heavens and the New Earth at the End of Time

  1. At the end of time.
  2. The righteous will reign forever with Christ glorified in body and soul. The universe will be renewed.
  3. The Church.
  4. The New Heavens and the New Earth.
  5. Bringing all things in Heaven and on earth under the single head of Christ.
  6. Among men.
  7. Tears, death, mourning, crying, or pain.
  8. The unity of the human race which God willed from creation and which the pilgrim Church has been 鈥渋n the nature of sacrament鈥 (i.e., a sign of).
  9. Those who are united with Christ. The holy city of God, the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.
  10. Sin, stains, or self-love.
  11. Happiness, peace, and mutual communion
  12. To be transformed and restored to its original state, facing no obstacles, and be at the service of the just.聽
  13. We do not know when or how.
  14. The world is passing away, and God is preparing for us a New Heavens and a New Earth that will surpass all of our desires.

Christ is Risen Guided Discussion

A. Create a prayerful atmosphere in your classroom. Show your students the video of the song 鈥淐hrist Is Risen鈥 by Matt Maher, which can be found at the following link: Sophiaonline.org/ChristIsRisen. Have your students follow along with the lyrics. Then, after giving them a few moments of silent reflection, ask the following questions:

  • What is the main message of this song? Accept reasoned answers. Help your students
    recognize that the song is about how Christ defeated death and sin by His Death and
    Resurrection.
  • What do the lyrics of the song call us to? Come awake, come and rise up from the grave.
  • What teaching of the Apostles鈥 Creed is this song about? The Resurrection of Christ and the
    resurrection of our own bodies.

B. Explain to your students that not only did Jesus rise from the dead, but His Resurrection made it possible for us to rise from the dead too. In fact, we profess our belief in the resurrection of the body every time we say the Creed. As Catholics, we 鈥渂elieve in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.鈥 The everlasting life that Jesus promised is a bodily life, when at the end of time our souls will be reunited with our resurrected bodies and we will be with God in the New Heaven and the New Earth. All of Creation will be renewed!

C. Read aloud to your students 1 Corinthians 15:45, 49, 51-52, 54-55:

  • So, too, it is written, 鈥淭he first man, Adam, became a living being,鈥 the last Adam a life-giving spirit. 鈥ust as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one. 鈥ehold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 鈥T]hen the word that is written shall come about: 鈥淒eath is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your
    victory? Where, O death, is your sting?鈥 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

D. Then, ask your students the following questions:

  • How is St. Paul comparing Jesus to Adam? Adam was the first man, who gave life to us all (and brought death through the first sin), and Jesus is the last man, or the kind of man we all will become (in His resurrected form).
  • What does St. Paul mean when he says, 鈥淛ust as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one鈥? Just as we were born into our humanity through Adam, the first man, so too will we be brought into the resurrection through Jesus.
  • Notice the lyrics from the song in this passage: 鈥淲here, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?鈥 What do you think St. Paul, and the author of the song we just heard, meant by these words? Death has no victory over us and cannot truly harm us because of Jesus鈥 Resurrection.

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