2nd Sunday of Easter, John 20:19-31
Jesus came and stood in their midst […] he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
On occasion, various modern theologians will speculate as to the quality of Christ’s risen and glorified body. Some will affirm that – since what was sown in mortality is raised in immortality, and the corruptible is raised incorruptible – the resurrected body of our Savior is not really a physical body. Indeed, this was a question or doubt which has existed since the first apparitions, when the disciples often thought that they were seeing a ghost or spirit.
This question, whether Christ’s glorified body is a physical body, has great importance for our belief in the general resurrection on the last day. If Christ’s body were not physical, then neither will the glorified bodies of the saints be physical. However, if the glorified body of the Savior is a physical body, then so too will it be for the saints.
In such matters, reason alone can do nothing – we must turn to the witness of Scripture. In particular we consider the accounts of this Sunday’s Gospel as well as the Gospel readings from the rest of the Easter Octave.