For the past several weeks we have been hearing from John’s Gospel about Jesus, the Bread of Life. Jesus’ message has been challenging to grasp and live. Just a week ago we heard that unless we eat of his flesh and drink of his blood we will not have eternal life. Now today Jesus says, “it is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.” It is understandable that even some of the people who were with Jesus and heard him speak left because “this teaching is difficult, who can accept it?”
Many of us have probably struggled with that same issue of understanding and
accepting difficult faith issues. I think about the time my second brother died and yet again my parents went through the pain of burying a son. Or the news of our daughter’s cancer or the birth of our third grandchild with Down Syndrome.
A wise person once told me we cannot be Catholic alone. When we stand at those moments of confusion and doubt, we reach for Peter’s response— “where else can you go, Lord? You have the worlds of eternal life.” At these times and every day we are supported and guided by the grace of our faith community. We look to walk with others as we wrestle with these difficulties. We find the Spirit of life that is Jesus in one another. And in these relationships we come to know Jesus so that we too can accompany others in this journey of faith!
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC