The Butterfly has been said to be symbolic of the Resurrection

Today one of the three chrysalis transformed into a beautiful Monarch butterfly. Unfortunately, we did not get to see it emerge. I feel like we just missed it as it continued to hang upside down for it’s wings to fully expand and dry. Once we took it out of the container it hung upside down on Cayley’s finger for over 20 minutes. Needless to saw we were able to observe many of its details up close. We did finally put it outside and watched it fly away to begin a new life cycle as it will be ready to mate in 4-7 days.  We still have two more chrysalis and hopefully we will be able to witness it exit the chrysalis.

The Butterfly has been said to be symbolic of the Resurrection. I believe I heard this illustration during my Catholic school years.

  1. The caterpillar which just eats represents daily normal earthly life where people are preoccupied with taking care of their physical needs.

  2. The chrysalis resembles the tomb.

  3. The butterfly represents the resurrection. The butterfly emerges into a glorious new life free of material restrictions.

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)

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