Fridays with Flannery: #2

The resurrection of Christ is not the easiest thing to believe. The resurrection of the righteous that those in Christ anticipate, or should, isn’t so easy to believe either. Trusting in the history of the resurrection of Christ is important but recognizing the jaw dropping beauty of what it all means is just as important. If we contemplate the beauty of the resurrection, both Christ’s and ours, we might find ourselves digging a bit deeper.

To see Christ as God and man is probably no more difficult today than it has always been, even if today there seem to be more reasons to doubt. For you it may be a matter of not being able to accept what you call a suspension of the laws of the flesh and the physical, but for my part I think that when I know what the laws of the flesh and the physical really are, then I will know what God is. We know them as we see them, not as God sees them. For me it is the virgin birth, the Incarnation, the resurrection which are the true laws of the flesh and the physical. Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of these laws. I am always astonished at the emphasis the Church puts on the body. It is not the soul she says that will rise but the body, glorified. I have always thought that purity was the most mysterious of the virtues, but it occurs to me that it would never have entered the human consciousness to conceive of purity if we were not to look forward to a resurrection of the body, which will be flesh and spirit united in peace, in the way they were in Christ. The resurrection of Christ seems the high point in the law of nature…  – The Habit of Being, pg. 100

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