A reading from the gospel according to John 6:60-69:
60 Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
61 Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?
62 What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
63 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.
64 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.
65 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.”
66 As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him.
67 Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
Reflection: To whom shall we go?
1. The teachings of Jesus are not easy. That’s for sure. Loving your enemies is not easy. Being perfect is almost impossible. Dying to self is unacceptable. More importantly, eating His body and drinking His blood is totally unimaginable. As a result, many of His disciples stopped following Him so they went back to their old ways of life. Even today, a lot of people cannot accept His teachings. Others initially become Christians and when they could not entirely live out what is expected of them, they revert to their former way of life.
2. Jesus is asking us, “Do you also want to leave?” Do you want quit? Not all people have strong faith. Some of us are easily swayed by our personal needs, wants, biases and whims. We also have our defense mechanisms in place. When we encounter people or situations which are unpalatable tour tastes and world views, we tend to reject them outright without first trying to understand. Yet when we allow the Holy Spirit to move within us, we will be drawn to our Father through Jesus.
3. There is this saying: When the going gets tough, only the tough gets going. As we walk on rough roads, it is easy to turn back and resume our former way of life. May the Holy Spirit grant us the strength to hold on to our faith despite the temptation to give up. We should maintain the habit of no turning back! We already have come this far. Jesus has the words of eternal life. Let’s keep walking towards His Kingdom.
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