Macarius3Moses shows us what glory true Christians will receive in the resurrection: namely the glory of light and the spiritual delights of the Spirit which even now they are deemed worthy to possess interiorily.

Because of this, these gifts of the Spirit will redound in their bodies then.

The saints even now possess this glory in their souls…but it will then cover and clothe their naked bodies.

It will sweep them up into Heaven and we will at last come to rest, both body and soul, with the Lord forever.

When God created Adam, he did not furnish him with material wings as birds have, but he prepared for him the wings of the Holy Spirit.

The same he plans on giving him at the resurrection, to lift him and direct him wherever the Spirit wishes.

These wings the saints already now are deemed worthy to possess to fly up mentally to the realms of heavenly thoughts.

[…] This power already they are considered worthy to enjoy in their souls through the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, also in the resurrection their bodies will be worthy to receive those eternal blessings of the Holy Spirit.

They will be permeated with that glory which their souls in this life have already experienced.

Therefore, each of us should strive and make every effort to pursue diligently all virtues.

We ought to believe and seek from the Lord that the inner man receive even now this glory and that we may participate in the holiness of the Spirit so that, purged from all sordid traces of evil, we may receive also in the resurrection what will clothe our bodies as they rise naked, what will cover any deformity, will vivify and transform them in the heavenly kingdom forever.

Christ will descend from Heaven and raise up all generations of Adam that have fallen asleep from the beginning of time, as Holy Scripture proves.

[…] Those who bear his particular sign, that is, the sign of the Spirit, he will call to himself as his very own and place them at his right hand.

He says: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know mine own and I am known by mine” (John 10:27;14).

Then shall their bodies be surrounded by the divine glory because of their good works.

They themselves will be filled with the glory of the Spirit which in this life they enjoyed in their souls.

And thus, illumined by the divine light and caught up into Heaven “to meet the Lord in the air (as is written), we shall be always with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17), reigning with him forever and ever.

Macarius the Egyptian (c. 300-391) Macarian Homilies 5.11-12, from Pseudo-Macarius: The Fifty Spiritual Homilies and The Great Letter, translated, edited, and with an introduction by George A. Maloney, SJ (Paulist Press, 1992) [Classics of Western Spirituality series].

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