Christian Counseling and Bright Week
In the Church, some people celebrate Bright Week. Christian Counselors should encourage this tradition. This is a week of celebration where Christians reflect upon the post Resurrection stories of Christ. The stories where Christ met the Holy women, met the apostles in the upper room, the story of Thomas, the meeting upon the roadside and other apparitions of Christ.
Christ’s Glorified Body: A Glimpse of Our Future
During this week, we acknowledge Christ’s resurrection as a physical reality. Christ is not a phantasm or ghost but the same body that was crucified but only glorified. Thomas himself testifies to this when he puts his hand into the side of Christ and kisses the precious wounds of Christ’s hands and feet.
While this was the same body that was crucified, Christ’s body was glorified. This means it was no longer subject to pain or death. It was matter but glorified matter. It could become transparent or vanish as willed. This is the same body that is promised to us in the Gospel at the General Resurrection.
The General Resurrection
As we all die with Christ, we too shall rise with him. Christ as the New Adam was the first to rise, as Adam was the first to die. So we too shall follow in Christ’s footsteps and one day rise with him. Hopefully our glorified bodies will rejoin our souls in Heaven and share in the Beatific Vision of Christ.
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Mark Moran, MA