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Joshua 24:1-2a,15-17,18b; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69

Choose today! “Decide today whom you will serve!” In both our first reading and Gospel reading today, we are told to decide whom we will serve, choose where our faith will lie. Many of us made our “choice” many years ago, some as infants with no power of choice at all, and have grown up with the choice of Christ and our Triune God, but have made no actual choice as adults. When hard questions arise, or when difficulties come, either our faith grows and becomes stronger, or it can dwindle away with no foundation. In the Gospel today, Jesus asks his disciples (and us), “Do you also want to leave?” Peter answers for all of us, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Would we respond as Peter did? And do we understand what Peter means by the “words of eternal life”? Are we just buying eternal insurance, or do we have a deep-seated faith that has been borne out by experience?

When the chips are down, will you also want to go away? What keeps you faithful?