Eschatology Part II: Resurrection, & Communion
Continuing in my serious on reflections on Eschatology, I wanted to reflect on something much more assertive and corrective in regard to how we see Eschatology. Eschatology, is a term, meaning, the theological study of Last-Thing, End-Times, Death, the Soul, and the like.
Previously, I had covered several things which remain in the Catholic consciousness, and which we may have learned overly simplified. Others, in the pop-culture subconscious, have taken Christian concepts, and taken them in another direction, thus stripping it of its power. I wanted to propose some of my reflections on Resurrection and Communion in regard to eschatology.
In the Old Testament, Pre-Christian era, there was a growing sense of afterlife. It was not specific in the Old Testament that you follow the Commandments for a better afterlife, but you find that the Hebrews came to believe that over the centuries. Up to the time of Jesus, many Hebrews were awaiting a Resurrection of the Dead, because no afterlife would be life without a soul-body union.
Therefore, the real reflection of the Afterlife has to come upon by the Resurrection of Christ. It was indeed a bodily Resurrection, signifying our on bodily Resurrection, and even a New Creation. Easter Sunday, after all, has traditionally been seen as the 8th Day. Jesus is physically present, but no physically bound in the ways we are. In fact, their awareness of who he is, only unravels gradually to Mary Magdalene and the other disciples. It is not an unraveling knowledge, but an opening awareness that happens in relationship, in other words, Communion.
This idea of Communion, that is central to our reception of Communion: It means a movement toward Communion with the Lord, and with all the Angels & Saints (including our loved ones gone before us). Joseph Ratzinger signifies that the principle of Communion developed before Christ, as people had a sense that death would begin to bring us into Communion with the Lord and with our Ancestors. So for the Christian Resurrection will include the reality of Communion in a way we can only begin to try to imagine.
Communion is a sort of unmediated Communication. The awareness the Disciples had of the Lord’s presence in the Breaking of the Bread is not some mere knowledge, but a deep Spiritual Awareness or Comprehension. You might be having the gift of awareness of this Communion if it makes sense, principally after having received the Eucharist, or being in Eucharistic Adoration. Among your brothers and sisters, it will be as if everyone in one mind and one heart, approaches the Lord.
Our whole Liturgical Experience, on Sundays, speaks to this desire for complete communion everytime we sing the Sanctus. In the larger scheme of things, the ideas of Resurrection and Communion make sense as we progress through the Liturgical Year, culminating in the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, and eventually of Christ the King.
As I mentioned, I was stuck, and even somewhat trapped, by a more morbid sense of death, because the superficial ideas of afterlife had no power. I was finally liberated from it, by beginning to experience the person of Jesus Christ, who is the Life and Resurrection.