Does This Shock You?

Last Updated on August 19, 2022 by GMC

“Does this shock you?”
John 6:60-69 “in a snailshell” 
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

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

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One Reply to “Does This Shock You?”

  1. Dear GMC, thank you for your reflection. What’s shocking to me is that I never reverenced before Jesus’ words, “Does this shock you?” In this Scripture passage, I always reverenced Jesus’ question, “Do you want to leave?” And Peter’s answer. Now, after reverencing those words in my heart and holding them tight in my heart and listening to Father Victor’s online homily, to put God first, the answer to your reflection is quite revealing. Isn’t it?

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