This weekend the Gospel for our Sunday celebration is the conclusion of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. We began that wonderful chapter all the way back on July 26, and have had selections from it every Sunday since. The conclusion that we hear this weekend tells the story of those who could not accept the teaching of Jesus and who abandoned following him.
Often, the teaching of Jesus is exciting, inspiring, consoling. There are times when following him and taking his words to heart are easy. But just as often, the teachings of Jesus are demanding and countercultural. His teachings can make us uneasy and it can seem unrealistic to live by them. We much prefer the easy, comfortable teachings of Jesus and we can be tempted to ignore or give short-shrift to his more challenging words. Yet, if indeed like Peter we have come to recognize that “You have the words of eternal life” and “have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God,” then we cannot dismiss his challenges.
Today’s Gospel gives us the opportunity for each of us to ask ourselves, “How does Jesus challenge me, right now at this time in my life?” How does Jesus challenge us? Where do we resist him? When do we turn a deaf ear to him? Asking questions of this sort is vitally important.
Do we resist the call of Jesus to be merciful and forgive those who have hurt us? Do we love God above all things, or do we put God in the second or third or fourth place in our lives? Do we resist the call to be honest in our dealings with others? Do we prefer the excessive individualism and materialism of our society to his call to be involved in the Christian community, our family of faith, and to share our blessings? Have we become infected by the attitude of so many in our society that ridicules sexual chastity? Have we fallen into the nastiness of our present societal discourse and judge rashly or demonize those with whom we disagree? Do we resist his call to greatness, to true goodness and holiness, or do we try to get by with doing the bare minimum?
May we, like Peter, recognize in Jesus the “way, the truth and the life.” When he challenges us, the challenge comes from his sacrificial love and reflects the wisdom of God. Let us be open and not turn away from facing those challenges. Let us be faithful disciples and rather than “fair weather friends” of Jesus.
May Jesus, whose love is so great that he sacrificed his life for us, lead us to the wisdom of God! May Mary, help us follower her Son faithfully!
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