"We gather in faith..."

Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis J. Christian


Christians are called to believe in the logic of the

resurrection of the body and not succumb to heresies that

reduce it to a mere spiritual experience, Pope Francis said.

When looking toward the future, the uncertainty about

what happens after death often can lead to not

understanding Christianity’s “logic of the future,” which

proclaims that believers will rise again in body and soul

like Jesus did, the pope said Sept. 16th during a morning

Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “A

spiritualistic piety, a nuanced piety is much easier; but to

enter into the logic of the flesh of Christ, this is difficult.

And this is the logic of the day after tomorrow. We will

resurrect like the risen Christ, with our own flesh,” he


In his homily, the pope reflected on St. Paul’s first

letter to the Corinthians, in which the apostle admonishes

some of the early Christian community for saying “there

is no resurrection of the dead.”

“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then neither has

Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then

empty, too, is our preaching; empty, too, your faith,” St.

Paul wrote. The pope said that, for some, it is difficult to

understand and accept the “logic of the future” regarding

what happens after death. The belief that, like Jesus,

Christians will experience the resurrection of the body “is

not easy.”

“Yesterday’s logic is easy, today’s logic is easy.

Tomorrow’s logic is easy: We will all die. But the logic of

the day after tomorrow, that is difficult,” he said. Some

Christians “are afraid of the flesh” and may fall prey to “a

certain type of gnosticism” that reduces the resurrection to

a purely spiritual experience; a belief that was “the first

heresy” denounced by the apostle John, the pope


Believing and having faith that Christ did not rise from

the dead “as a ghost” but rather in flesh and blood is “the

logic of the day after tomorrow that we find hard to

understand,” he said. While it is a sign of maturity to see

the logic of the resurrection, Christians must also pray for

the grace to understand it, Pope Francis added.

“You also need the great grace of the Holy Spirit to

understand this logic of the day after tomorrow; after the

transformation, when he will come and will carry us

transformed above the clouds to be with him always. Let

us ask the Lord for the grace of this faith.”

~ Based on an article from Crux in the News