Had it not been the transfer of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary to last Sunday (normally on the 15th August) we would have had five consecutive Sundays in which the Church gives us passages from Chapter 6 of St John’s Gospel on the discourse on the bread of life. This discourse comes to a conclusion this Sunday (John 6:60-69).
Our Lord’s assertion that He was the ‘bread of life come down from heaven’ was difficult for some. “This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?” was the response. Those who are unable to accept it, departed….. Although Our Lord recognized their difficulty and lack of openness, he nevertheless did not lessen His demand and His claims, rather He expanded on His words by speaking of His glorification. When the disciples were asked if they wanted to leave too, it was St Peter who professed faith in Our Lord as the Holy One of God. Later, after His Resurrection things became clearer – and the disciples started to see things through eyes of faith. We need great faith to accept that the piece of (consecrated) bread and drop of (consecrated) wine are Jesus’ Body and Blood. Faith is possible for those who judge according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh (v.63). Perhaps it was the Spirit that helped St Peter to his profession of faith: ‘You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.’
May the same Holy Spirit open our eye to the Truth that God choose to reveal to us.