Daily Office Readings for Saturday 6 April 2019 Week 4 of Lent Year 1
“When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’” (John 6:60)
“It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (John 6:63)
“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)
There is a difference between simple and complicated, just as there is a difference between easy and difficult. But it is possible to be both simple and difficult. To love everybody is a simple command. To carry it out is often very difficult.
Jesus has just told the people about the tradition he wanted us to keep after he is gone, that is, Holy Communion. Simple, then he said, the one who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:58) This proved to be too difficult to understand because it sounded like cannibalism, and so it was also too difficult to continue following him. Although receiving Holy Communion is really simple.
Jesus breaks down the relationship between the simple yet difficult by telling them that it is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.” He also explains that “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” The meaning is simple; just continue remembering me in the sacrament of the body and blood that I will leave you. Trusting it is simple. Understanding it is very difficult.
After many left, not to ever follow him again, Jesus asked his closest followers if they would stay. It was to this that Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Eternal life is the invitation we all receive. A simple RSVP is required. That RSVP is activated through the sacrament of Holy Communion. Jesus said for us to do this in remembrance of him. It is in this way that He will remember us. This is so Simple to do, and yet so difficult to understand. But we are not called to understand. We are called to love, trust and obey, and to keep on following. As Peter said, to who else could we go for eternal life?
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.