21st Sunday Homilies – Year B

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18
Psalm – Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21
Reading 2 – Ephesians 5:21-32
Gospel – John 6:60-69


LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? by Bishop Barron

WOF Summary: In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus’ followers reacting to his shocking teaching about eating his flesh and drinking his blood by saying, “This is a hard saying; who can accept it?” To understand Jesus’ meaning, we must understand that he’s not using symbolic or metaphorical language. He’s speaking words of “Spirit and life” which bring into being precisely what they signal.

Precisely b/c of Jesus’ divine identity that his words have such power. God’s word is not merely descriptive, but creative. God “knows” the world into being. By His speech He brings things into truthful being.

The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life = these are not merely descriptors, but make things happen! Mere human invention has no power to change things at their being, but the divine word does.

What follows these words is one of the saddest moments in the NT. His disciples leave him.

Peter speaks for the 12. Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. And Peter continues to speak for the Church.

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