Pope Francis affirms the Resurrection is real and bodily. The Catechism tells us ‘That it so hard for modern man to believe that flesh and blood which is so clearly mortal will share in the resurrection.’ Jesus even eats a fish. The most used image of Heaven is a banquet.
Also when Jesus eats a fish he is showing that our bodies ability to transforms a fish into our flesh and blood is a miraculous event. The resurrection doesn’t take us away from the ordinary. The resurrection shows us that the ordinary is in fact miraculous. The Risen Jesus doesn’t take us away from our normal life. The Risen Jesus shows us that our ordinary life is in fact extra ordinary. Here is an example. When Jesus restores sight to a blind man. Doesn’t this miracle highlight the miracle that we can see every day? When Jesus restores the limbs of a paralyzed man is Jesus not highlighting the miracle that we can get out of bed in the morning and walk to the kitchen for our cup of coffee?
Pope Francis in his homily today said ‘The episode narrated by the evangelist Luke emphasizes a lot the realism of the Resurrection. Jesus isn’t a ghost. In fact, it’s not about an apparition of Jesus’ spirit, but of His real presence with a risen body.
Jesus realizes that the Apostles are disturbed on seeing Him, that they are disconcerted because the reality of the Resurrection is inconceivable to them. They think they see a ghost, but the Risen Jesus isn’t a ghost, He is a man with body and soul. Therefore, to convince them, He says to them: “See my hands and my feet — He makes them see the wounds — that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have” (v. 39). And because, the Gospel also says something interesting: The joy was so great that they has within that they couldn’t believe this joy: No, it can’t be! It can’t be so!
So much joy isn’t possible! And, to convince them Jesus says to them: “Have you anything here to eat?” (v. 41). They offer him broiled fish; Jesus takes it and eats it before them, to convince them.’