Our Lord’s glorious resurrection teaches us that the fruit of obedience is resurrection and life.

These were the fruit of the obedience practised by Christ, who is the resurrection and the life personified.

However, Christ died only once, and rose again once only. A single resurrection answered to a single death.

But for us who have been dragged down to the depths by the burden of a twofold mortality, one resurrection cannot suffice.

Because we have fallen so low, a single resurrection is not enough to bring us to the blessed life of heaven. We need two.

Nevertheless the resurrection of Christ is the cause and exemplar, the model and the effective sign of both our resurrec­tions, first and second alike.

It is by our faith in and our sacramental imitation of the resurrection of Christ that we are recreated, justified, sanctified, and raised from death.

This is our first resurrection, the resurrection of our soul, through which we are now dead to sin and live for holiness, walking in newness of life as we wait for that redemption of our bodies which will mean that we have at last fully realized our adoption as God’s sons.

That will take place at the second resurrection, when Christ will refashion these wretched bodies of ours and make them resemble his own glorious body.

Our first resurrection begins when we first show obedience to God, and is brought to completion by our perseverance in doing his will.

Our second resurrection begins with our glorification and endures for all eternity.

If we continue in obedience till the end of our lives, then we shall also abide in a glory that knows no end.

The first resurrection has a glory of its own, something in which both body and soul can rejoice.

On this subject we may consult the Apostle Paul.

Where bodily glory here below is concerned he has this to say: Far be it from me to glory in anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As for the glory enjoyed by the soul, he explains that, our glory is in the hope of our adoption as God’s sons.

But the glory belonging to the second resurrection will be the glory of the soul that sees God in the glory of his divinity, and the glory of the body in its state of incorruptibility, when this perishable nature of ours puts on imperishability and this mortal nature puts on immortality.

Baldwin of Forde (1125-1190): Tract. 4 (PL 204:429-431.441-442); from the Monastic Office of Vigils, Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide, Year 1