Our first reading is from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians and there is much there that we cannot well understand. A key element in Paul’s life was that following on his conversion he spent fourteen years meditating deeply on what Christ meant to him and what Christ means to us. The many wonderful things he says in his Letters are the product of that long period of deep prayer.
It is only by quietly praying over the thoughts he put into writing that we can hope to understand them. Let me just list some of the deep thoughts he gave us in today’s reading.
He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
We regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now e regard him so no longer.
(He seems to be saying there that those who knew Jesus when he was alive should abandon those memories, coming instead to associate only with Christ in heaven. Or, am I wrong there?)
We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us.
For our sake he made himself to be sin who did not know sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.