Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58
It’s hard to imagine how we might have reacted had we been in the crowd hearing today’s words from Jesus. Certainly Jews would have been shocked and horrified at the prospect of eating human flesh and drinking human blood. It’s not at all difficult to imagine that people walked away from following Jesus after this. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine that any stayed. These are indeed hard words, and perhaps as with any relationship, the people who remained faithful were those who had an established relationship with Jesus and decided to trust him for what they didn’t understand because they had learned already that he was trustworthy. Having a prayer- and scripture-based relationship with God is essential, so that when we hear challenging words about God, we can trust what we know, and trust God for what we don’t know yet but are about to learn. It is not God who is changing, but we who are growing in our faith and understanding.
Can you imagine how you would have reacted upon first hearing Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reading?