Sunday, August 26, 2018

“Everything in this life passes away — only God remains, only He is worth struggling towards. We have a choice: to follow the way of this world, of the society that surrounds us, and thereby find ourselves outside of God; or to choose the way of life, to choose God Who calls us and for Whom our heart is searching.”

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell: (1903 – 1950: was an English novelist, essayist, & journalist)

Gospel Text: (JN 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."

The choice to follow Jesus is ours to make. We can leave. But, as Peter says, “Where else are we to go?” We could hear that as a snarky remark or we can hear it as a realization that it is only Jesus who will not disappoint. If we are hurt, disappointed and angry, let’s go to Him in quiet prayer and let Christ assure us that He is our savior…not any other person or ideology or political party.

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