After appearing for 40 days, Jesus ascended back into glory with His human body. They say that there are 5 things human made in heaven; the five wounds in Jesus’ body, (4 nail holes in His hands and feet and the lance’s hole in His side). But there were many many other wounds on His body; the wound on His shoulder, the wounds from the crown of thorns and the wounds all over His body from the scourging.
When Jesus rose from the dead, after being crucified, the human body, which He took from His mother Mary’s womb, remained flesh, but was glorified. What this means can be seen Mary Magdalene did not recognized Jesus right after His resurrection. She thought He was the gardner. When He appeared at the shore of the Lake of Galilee, only St. John recognized Him.
Jesus’ resurrected and glorified body could walk through locked doors. Yet He also proved to the Apostles that He was not a ghost by eating fish. He used His body to cook breakfast for them and to speak to them. They saw His human body ascend back into glory and the angels had to tell them He would return just as He had left them.
Jesus truly died in His human body on the cross. His divinity never could have died.
After living a life of prayer, charity and encouragement for the disciples of Jesus, Mary died and was taken immediately to heaven. But, unlike every other human, her body and soul were assumed into heaven. Her body never went through any decay or corruption.
It is very clear in the Bible that all humans bodies will be raised up on the last day.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise again incorruptible: and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality. And when this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?“ 1 Cor. 15: 52 – 55.
In this context, I want to condemn very strongly the love for the vampire “Twilight” series of books and movies. Almost every Catholic young woman, woman and many young men have seen the Twilight movies. They see nothing wrong with it.
In these movies and novels there are sex scenes. Also the young women, in the series, are given immortality by being bitten by these vampire men. This is such a big lie from the devil. Being bitten by a vampire, who sucks your blood out, is not romantic, but plain murderous. In no way are they “gods” that can give someone immortality. And above all it is a blasphemy against Jesus Christ. I say this because, immortality is only given to us through the death of Jesus on the Cross. He shed every drop of His blood to give us immortality.
What a blasphemous thing to say that an evil male vampire, who sucks your life out of you, after biting you, can give you immortality. Jesus did not bite or such blood, (life), out of anyone. He lovingly laid down His life on the Cross to give us life eternal.
Mary was the first to receive this gift in its fulness. Because she never committed a sin and was conceive without original sin, she did not have to pay the price of sin, which is corruption of the body or death. She died, like Jesus, but was immediately protected from corruption and taken into the glory of heaven to the place her Son Jesus prepared for His Beloved mother.
Not only do we have Jesus interceding for us, in His humanity, in heaven, but we also have Our Lady praying for us and being the first fruits of Jesus’ redemption of the human soul and body.
We are so blessed to have the salvation of Jesus Christ. We are so blessed to be able after death to have our souls go to heaven, (if we live a holy life and die in grace). And we are so blessed to know that at the end of time our bodies will also be glorified and assumed into heaven with Mary’s.
The complete man is soul and body. All the dead, (except Mary), are separated from their bodies. The glories of heaven is when we are body and soul united in heaven with Jesus our savior.
I have recently read that all bodies of the saints will be 33 years old. That is because Jesus was 33 years old when he died, rose and ascended into the Glories of Heaven. I will not swear by this theory. But it sound right to me. The body is at its perfection in strength and intelligence. After 33 it seems to start to fall apart.
Thank God we are traditional Catholics and have the glories of heaven with our bodies and souls forever with Jesus and Mary in heaven.