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Theology for the common man

21th Sunday in Ordinary Tim

Sunday, August 26, 2018

It comes at a moment, during the public ministry of Jesus, when He has to reveal to his disciples the truth about Himself, that He is the bread from heaven for the salvation of the world that will be presented in the Eucharist. Jesus is aware that exactly, because of this truth, He will be not accepted and rejected by many of his disciples, who will ask themselves: “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” In response, Jesus tries to explain the meaning of His words that could be understandable in light of His death, resurrection, and ascension: “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”. Only in this way can we be close to salutary presence of God, the savior. The death to sin and to all fleshly attachments through the intervention of God brings a primordial, spiritual direction to the humankind now fed with the Eucharist. Not all of the disciples of Jesus understood that message and some of them started to leave Him. This is why Jesus asked the twelve if they want to leave Him also. Then, Peter in the name of all of the twelve responded as we hear in the Gospel: “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”. In reality, in the light of everything Jesus did on the cross for our salvation, on our part we should accept and totally trust in God, following the twelve, because He works today in His Church led by Peter. We should have the same trust the Israelites had being guided by Moses, and later by Joshua, in the Old Testament, when they entered the promise land: “We will serve the Lord for He is our God”.