Turn Away or Stay Close to Jesus?

“Lord, where would we go?
You have the words of eternal life.”
John 6: 69

From the heart of Jesus in union with his Father in heaven, to the very tips of his fingers as his hands are stretched out, Jesus longs to pull us very close to God. For the past several Sundays, Jesus has been teaching about the wondrous life of God that is contained in his life—his very flesh and blood that he desires to share with us as food in the sacrament of Holy Communion…and not only at that moment, but in every second of our lives.

Just about all of the first listeners to Jesus’s words wrinkled up their faces, plugged their ears and turned away from him. Picture them gradually walking away, leaving Jesus all alone with just a few of his closest friends. How comforting it must have been for Jesus to hear the words of Peter!

Are you going to be among those that stay close to Jesus all the days of your life? I wonder what became of those disciples of Jesus who never continued to walk with him!

John 6:56-69

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
“Flesh useless; Spirit gives life.” v. 63
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

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