It seems that oftentimes there is a group of folks who question the authenticity of Christianity and that of God by arguing that people are not being resurrected in the present day. There are multiple instances in both the Old and New Testaments of people being raised from the dead. All of these instances, but one, surround a dead person being raised from the dead through the intercession of another. The one instance mentioned is of course the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, not by one’s intercession, but by His own power.
So, does God still raise people from the dead? While on earth, it is recorded that Jesus himself raised several from the dead, including St. Lazarus. After Jesus’ Ascension, it is recorded that both St. Peter and St. Paul performed resurrections. The Church has extensive writings on several saints who raised people from the dead, including St. Anthony of Padua, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Teresa of Avila, this list continues.
As Catholics we are bound to believe in the Resurrection of the Dead at the end of the world, we profess this in our Credo, “the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” So, in belief and deepest understanding, each man will be raised again by Jesus Christ.
Each of us, however, has the opportunity to experience a type of resurrection of our souls while still living. Most men, at some time in their life abandon God and the Church, even if in just minor ways or offenses. These offenses harden our hearts, corrupt our souls, and in turn kill it. With a dead soul, drowned in the filth of sin, we lose the hope of our resurrection from the dead at the end of the world. In this case, if our souls have become dead in either major or minor ways, God is waiting to resurrect your soul.
While God is very much waiting to resurrect our soul, it is our responsibility and duty to take the first step, to seek God and to hope in the resurrection. This action is most clearly carried out by seeking out the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We daily can seek the resurrection of our souls by living a life that adheres to the teachings of the Church and daily enters into a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Redeemer.
Saint Augustine once remarked, “Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever, take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.” These words speak a great truth, for the one who takes care of his soul well, will live forever.
While in modern history, bodily resurrection seems to not be occurring in accordance with the Will of God. However, an even more important work continues to advance, the resurrection of souls. Daily, God awaits to perform small resurrections in each of our souls – to literally raise your dead soul to life. To rejuvenate it through the merciful and healing balm of the Sacraments, penance, and devotion.