Thought of the Day June 11, 2020 Faith in Jesus

By 10:38 AM

There is no mistaking what Jesus said and meant, when he said that he will give us his Body to eat and his Blood to drink. His words are clear and straight forward, no equivocation and no interpretation needed. Why is it so hard to believe? If God created the world from nothing, if the Holy Spirit could overshadow Mary for her to conceive Jesus without the help of a man, if Jesus’ death on the cross saved us from eternal death, if Jesus, though dead for three days, could rise with a glorified body, never to die again, could he not change bread and wine into his very Body and Blood for us to eat and drink?

What was the response, even from some of his followers?  Therefore, many of his disciples, upon hearing this, said: “‘This saying is difficult,’ and, ‘Who is able to listen to it?’ Jesus, knowing within himself that his disciples were murmuring about this, said to them: ‘Does this offend you?....But there are some among you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the beginning who were unbelieving and which one would betray him.” (John 61-62, 65)

Many of his disciples could not accept this teaching of Jesus. Not only could they no longer believe in his word, the could no longer believe in him. They walked away. The same is true for many today.  Therefore, Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” Then Simon Peter answered him: “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. And we have believed, and we recognize that you are the Christ, the Son of God.” (John 6:68-70)

These disciples heard the same teaching as the others. Even though they did not understand the mystery of the Bread of Heaven, their faith was in the person of Jesus. Do we believe in the Real Presence?

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