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Most of us fret about aging. Our bodies slow down, become less flexible, and we grapple with alignments and pains. Despite this, our bodies are constantly changing and our cells are continually renewing themselves. There are few parts of our body that are actually as old as we are. For example, the cells that make up our liver renew themselves every 5 months – which is a bonus for some of us. Our cells of our taste buds are just ten days old. The surface of our lungs are about 2-3 weeks old. The inner part of our lungs is about a year old. The surface of our skin is renewed about every 3-4 weeks, but we lose our elasticity as we get older which is why we get wrinkles. Bones take about 10 years to regenerate but that slows as we get older. Our nails are about six months old. Our brains and our eyes are about the only parts of our body that don’t regenerate. We are born with all the brain cells we will ever have and we gradually lose them. Nonetheless, even if we don’t really notice it, most of our bodies are in a constant process of renewal. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t go back to a more youthful version because our cells

replicate themselves according to our age. Neither Jesus nor the Sadducees were thinking of the cells of our body when they were having a debate about resurrection. Jesus knew however, that the debate was pointless. Not because our bodies are unimportant, nor because the present circumstances of our lives or our relationships are unimportant, but because the reality of Resurrection from the dead is beyond anything that we can imagine or think through logically. Our model for what our resurrected body might be is the resurrected body of Christ. However, nowhere in the gospels do we get a clear picture of what this body looks like. We only know how the disciples experienced the Resurrected Christ. A Resurrected life will not be the same as our biological life because it will be a different way of existing. It will be a different way of being. Our transformed existence will be life in God and at the end of the day, that’s about all it is possible to say. This will be something far greater than the daily renewal of our cells because God is not a God of the dead but is a God of the living.                                    Fr. Anthony

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