As we draw near to the close of Ordinary Time and the days get shorter, the readings begin to speak of what will happen at the end of the world. This often is the part of the creed that gets overlooked. We proclaim that we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. What does this mean?
Jesus Christ became human in order to save our nature not destroy it. While the souls of the saints who have left this world now dwell with God in heaven, their story is not yet over. They still intercede for us here on earth and await with joy the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
We know that it is natural for a human being, unlike an angel, to be a composite of body and soul. And so with hope, we look forward to the resurrection of our bodies animated by our purified souls. In the resurrection on the last day, our natures will be restored and elevated by Jesus.
However, it would be unfitting for a resurrected body to dwell on an un-resurrected earth. Therefore, creation itself must be renewed. Our resurrected bodies will inhabit a new resurrected world free from all death, suffering, injustice, and decay - an earth where God reigns. It is a world that the Church on earth and the Church in heaven pray for and look forward to with great hope.