Sunday, August 26th

Gospel for Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time—John 6:60-69

“Many of Jesus’ disciples who were listening said, ‘This saying is hard; who can accept it?’ (Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.’”)

Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, ‘Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.’ Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, ‘For this reason, I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.’

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, ‘Do you also want to leave?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.’”

 

What speaks to you most in this passage?

Ponder the meaning it has for you.

Carry that application into your day.

Heritage word—“Await everything from the good God and have boundless confidence in Him.”

(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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