Gift Outweighs the Cost: Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost IV


Attributes of the Resurrected Body of Jesus

Sacred Scripture and Catholic theology teach that our glorified resurrected bodies will experience four properties as an outflow of the beatified soul enjoying the vision of God’s essence:

Sanctity>sanity>ensouled body

1) Impassibility – the glorified body will no longer suffer physical sickness or death, as Saint Paul teaches regarding the glorified body in 1 Corinthians 15:42, “It is sown in corruption, it shall rise in incorruption.”

The Schoolmen call this quality impassibility’, not incorruption, so as to mark it as a peculiarity of the glorified body; the bodies of the damned will be incorruptible indeed, but not impassible; they shall be subject to heat and cold, and all manner of pain.[1]

The Facts About Luther Msgr. Patrick F. O’Hare, LL.D (Tan, Rockford, IL) 1916

Schoolmen studied the Scholastics, depending on point of view either negative or positivity

2) Subtlety meaning that we will have a spiritualized nature in the sense of a spiritual body as did our Lord as we learn at 1 Corinthians 15:44: “It is sown a corruptible body, it shall rise a spiritual,” i.e. a spirit-like, “body.” We see that Christ’s glorified body was able to pass through closed doors.

Physicality no longer limitation body easily moves with inspiration of the mind in accord with the mind of God

3) Agility – the glorified body will obey the soul with the greatest ease and speed of movement as we read in 1 Corinthians 15:43: “It is sown in weakness, it shall rise in power,” that is, according to a gloss, “mobile and living.”

Saint Thomas Aquinas says, “But mobility can only signify agility in movement. Therefore the glorified bodies will be agile.”

The body participates in the soul’s more perfect and spiritual life to such an extent that it becomes itself like a spirit.[2] It has “evolved”.

We discern agility in our Resurrected Lord’s ability to bilocate and travel great distances in an instant.

4) Clarity – the glorified body will be free from any deformity and will be filled with beauty and radiance as we read at Matthew 13:43: “The just shall shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father,” and Wisdom 3:7: “The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds.” Here clarity refers not being “clear” but to being “bright.”

All the bodies of the saints shall be equally impassible, but they shall be endowed with different degrees of glory. According to St. Paul: “One is the glory of the sun, another the glory of the moon, another the glory of the stars. For star differeth from star in glory”‘(1 Corinthians 15:41-42).[3]

St. Thomas Aquinas at Summa Contra Gentiles, IV, 86 summarized: “thus also will his body be raised to the characteristics of heavenly bodies — it will be lightsome (clarity), incapable of suffering (impassible), without difficulty and labor in movement (agility), and most perfectly perfected by its form (subtlety). For this reason, the Apostle speaks of the bodies of the risen as heavenly, referring not to their nature, but to their glory.”

Worth the cost of following Christ.

Limitation of man for purpose of instruction. Reveal God to us. Reside in His goodness, that necessary for instruction no longer necessary.

Dante Inferno perpetual possibility, paseo to suffer, not to pass or go away, poor souls in Hell, body never glorified transfused grace, Ratzinger transformed

Ex/ Shroud of Turin physicist recognize awesomeness there. Intense Power in such short duration time, scientific mystery.

[1]  accessed March 10, 2020

[2] ibid

[3] Ibid