Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C
"No one who looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."
The Apostle of the Gentiles, Paul, dearly beloved, does not disagree with this belief when he says: "Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know Him so no more," (2Cor 5:16). For the Lord's resurrection was not the ending but the changing of His flesh and His substance was not destroyed by His increase of power. The quality altered but its nature did not cease to exist; the body that it had been possible to crucify was made impassible ; it was made incorruptible, though it had been possible to wound it. And properly is Christ's flesh said not to be known in that state in which it used to be known, because nothing remained passible in it, nothing weak, so that it was both the same in essence but not the same in glory. And what wonder if Saint Paul maintains all this about Christ's body when he says of every spiritual Christian: “Henceforth we know no one after the flesh”?
Henceforth, he says, , since the time when in Him, who died for all, all our hopes were guaranteed to us, we begin to experience the resurrection in Christ. We do not hesitate in diffidence, we are not under the suspense of uncertainty, but having received an earnest of the promise, we now with the eye of faith see the things which are to be and, rejoicing in the raising up of our nature, we already possess what we believe...
Let God's people, then, recognize that they are a new creation in Christ (2Cor 5:17) and with all vigilance understand by whom they have been adopted and whom they have adopted. Let not the things which have been made new return to their ancient instability, and let not him who has "put his hand to the plough" forsake his work but attend to that which he sows rather than look back to that which he has left behind. Let no one fall back into what he has forsaken... For this is the path of healing, through imitation of the Resurrection begun in Christ.