Sunday 22 August 2021

Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord – Ps 33(34):2-3, 16-23. Ephesians 5:21-32. John 6:60-69.

‘Who shall we go to? You are the Holy One of God’

Who hasn’t taken up a new hobby or job, enthusiastically embracing the newness of it? – ‘Yes, this is what I really want to do’– only to find that it has become much more difficult than you imagined. When this happens, you either give up or you accept that things cannot be easy all the time and redouble your efforts. Many of Jesus’ disciples found they could not accept his teaching on the Eucharist ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day’ (Jn 6:54) and stopped going with him. On the other hand, faced with the same choice Simon Peter reiterates his commitment.

Dear God, I pray for the courage to say with Simon Peter, ‘You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.’