Gospel Reflections

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

John 6:60-69

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Roseanne Murphy

Published: August 26, 2018

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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... Read More…

It is easy to imagine a different scene than the one described in today’s gospel by placing this event in Central Park where a large gathering of people stood for hours waiting to see Pope Francis driving by in the little Fiat. 

We can picture Jesus speaking to the people the words of “Spirit and life.”  Those in the crowd obviously were looking for something or they would not have been there.  Yet, what happens all too frequently today as it did when Christ was speaking to “many of his disciples,” those who were listening said,  “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”  We know this because we see the diminishment of the people attending Mass or the practice of their faith.  Christ could still say, ”There are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knows the ones who believe and the ones who “betray him” today as He did in his time.

Peter is so much like the rest of us in this passage.  He didn’t say that he understood everything that Christ had taught his disciples, but he did say, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,” and that was enough for Peter to give his life in service to Christ. 

Perhaps this passage can speak to us today, in our time and our world, to strengthen our own faith in Christ and to pray more earnestly that others will come to accept His words.




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