Gospel Reading and Thoughts for August 23, 2015

Gospel – John 6:60-69

Many of Jesus’disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” 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.”Corpus Christi

For the past month, we have been listening to readings about Christ offering his own Body and Blood for us to eat and drink. Not just representations of this. Not pretending that it’s the Christ’s Body and Blood, but that it truly IS the Body and Blood of Christ. In today’s gospel, the disciples are responding with disbelief. And in their defense, hearing this for the first time, would be a shocking prospect. Shocking but no less real. Still today, some Catholics struggle with this belief.

I am so looking forward to teaching my youngest in her sacrament year. I rotate teaching years between my three but have never had the opportunity to teach one of them during a sacrament year. I am so excited at the prospect of teaching them the amazing miracle of the Eucharist. I am equally excited about their wonder, awe and passion at this miracle. Kids are awesome and at this age show a beautiful strength of faith that we as adults can be lacking. They think, well, if Jesus said it, then it’s true! No doubt. No questioning. Just pure faith. I pray that their wonder, awe and strong faith will embolden and empower my own. May we all have faith like the little children!