Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 259 I. C hrist ’ s R esurrection and O urs The progressive revelation of the Resurrection 992 God revealed the resurrection of the dead to his people progressively. Hope in the bodily resurrection of the dead estab- lished itself as a consequence intrinsic to faith in God as creator of the whole man, soul and body. The creator of heaven and earth is also the one who faithfully maintains his covenant with Abraham and his posterity. It was in this double perspective that faith in the resurrection came to be expressed. In their trials, the Maccabean martyrs confessed: The King of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws. 540 One cannot but choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again by him. 541 993 The Pharisees and many of the Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the resurrection. Jesus teaches it firmly. To the Sadducees who deny it he answers, “Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God?” 542 Faith in the resurrection rests on faith in God who “is not God of the dead, but of the living.” 543 994 But there is more. Jesus links faith in the resurrection to his own person: “I am the Resurrection and the life.” 544 It is Jesus himself who on the last day will raise up those who have believed in him, who have eaten his body and drunk his blood. 545 Already now in this present life he gives a sign and pledge of this by restoring some of the dead to life, 546 announcing thereby his own Resurrection, though it was to be of another order. He speaks of this unique event as the “sign of Jonah,” 547 the sign of the temple: he announces that he will be put to death but rise thereafter on the third day. 548 995 To be a witness to Christ is to be a “witness to his Resur- rection,” to “[have eaten and drunk] with him after he rose from 540 2 Macc 7:9. 541 2 Macc 7:14; cf. 7:29; Dan 12:1-13. 542 Mk 12:24; cf. Jn 11:24; Acts 23:6. 543 Mk 12:27. 544 Jn 11:25. 545 Cf. Jn 5:24-25; 6:40, 54. 546 Cf. Mk 5:21-42; Lk 7:11-17; Jn 11. 547 Mt 12:39. 548 Cf. Mk 10:34; Jn 2:19-22. 297 575 205 646 860 655