Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25th August 2024

John 6:60–69

When many of Jesus’ disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of Jesus’ teaching many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”


• Do I find the teaching about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is difficult?

• Jesus did not try to explain away what he had said, even when “many of his disciples no longer went about with him.” Would I try to explain to those who do not believe in Jesus? Or I pray for my deeper commitment to God and to His Word?