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Sunday 8/21-8/27 (B44)

John 6:55-69

Jesus in the Flesh

"... for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever." He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. When many of his 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 this 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."

Beating a Bread Horse

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There has been a lot of discussion of the bread and wine very early on in John's gospel, unlike Matthew, Mark and Luke who place it at the last supper. John has a footwashing there. For John the eucharist is an important symbol of unity with Jesus so it takes a prominent place earlier in Jesus ministry. In this passage we see that there were many different responses to it, some good and some not so good. This seems to be a turning point for many of the disciples (other than the 12). Jesus had the crowd's respect and attention when his signs were powerful and interesting (healings, feeding and miracles). When he tries to make it more clear that he is the "Holy One of God," many chose not to grasp it.

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