21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Joshua 24:1-2,15-17,18 II: Ephesians 5:21-32
John 6:60-69

60 Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?"
61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, "Do you take offense at this?
62 Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before?
63 It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
64 But there are some of you that do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him.
65 And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father."
66 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
67 Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?"
68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;
69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

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The promise of the Eucharist led many people (the crowd, the Judean, His disciples) to give up following Jesus (v.66), but the Twelve believed in Jesus.

  1. You are present among the crowds. What is your reaction to Jesus' teachings? How do you think Jesus felt after many of His disciples stopped following Him?
  2. Have you ever found something, or some teachings, hard to accept and how does this passage address that situation?
  3. What was your motive in coming to Jesus? What is your motive now for remaining in Him?

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