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Christ transforms the faithful, preparing them for resurrection, Pope tells audience

Catholic World News - December 04, 2013

“We hold within ourselves the seed of our resurrection, a glimpse of the full resurrection,” Pope Francis told his general audience on December 4.

Continuing his series of talks on the Creed, the Pope devoted his Wednesday audience to the “resurrection of the body”—a truth which, he conceded, is “anything but obvious.”

Our hope for resurrection comes through our relationship with Jesus, the Pope said. “The fact that He is risen is the proof that there is resurrection of the dead.” The Pope observed that the resurrection is prefigured by the vision of the prophet Ezekiel, of the dry bones that are given a living spirit.

Jesus told his disciples, “I am the resurrection and the life,” the Holy Father reminded his audience. “We are the disciples of the One who came, who comes everyday, and who will come at the end. Jesus prepares the faithful for the final resurrection, the Pontiff continued, saying that “this transfiguration of our bodies is prepared in this life by our relationship with Jesus, in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist.”

Thus, the Pope concluded, “already in this life we have within us a participation in the Resurrection of Christ. If it is true that Jesus will raise us at the end of time, it is also true that, in a certain way, with him we are already risen.”

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