Scripture-Questions of the Day
In today’s Scripture passage, many followers abandon Jesus. He has been teaching that he is the bread of life, and just told them that he is the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; the bread he gives is his flesh for the life of the world. All along the Jews were quarrelling about this teaching.
- Disciples ask and murmur: Who can accept it?
- Jesus: Does this shock you?
- Jesus: What if you were to see…
- Jesus to the Twelve: Do you also want to leave?
- Simon Peter: Master, to whom would we go?
Then many of his 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.”
— John 6:60–69
Question of the Day: Do you believe?
The eyes of the world see no further than this life. The eyes of the Christian see deep into eternity. — Saint John Vianney, On the Holy Spirit
Prayer of the Day: Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. (Mark 9:24)