May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082315.cfm

Many of Jesus’ 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.”

Can you accept all that Jesus has said? Do you think His words are true? Do you believe He gave us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink? If not, you do not believe what Jesus teaches. You are like those who followed Him but did not believe. If, like the Twelve, you know that He speaks the truth and you believe, then you will have eternal life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your body and blood. When I receive you at Mass Lord I know true love and true joy. I praise you in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

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