Readings Psalms 33, 107, Jeremiah 23:9-15, Romans 9:1-18, John 6:60-71
"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68) – Simon Peter knew it and so he knew he had no other viable option in life other than to follow Jesus and cling to him. Perhaps his life was simpler than ours, with less options, less distractions, less good things. This may be the case, but one thing is certain, that neither in Peter’s time or our own are we assured eternal life in any other way than by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Even other religions that show “paths” to eternal life, Nirvana, Heaven, etc, all show it by way of earning it on our own part by our own mortal wills and means. Jesus’ path isdistinct: “I am the way, the truth and the life” he tells us. Simply by accepting his forgiveness and saving grace, and following him, he gives us the means of eternal life, a life we can start joyfully living today. Let us pray:
O God, you prepared your disciples for the coming of the Spirit through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ: Make the hearts and minds of your servants ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with the strength of his presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.