presents his disciples with a challenge. He has spelled out his
teaching clearly; ‘I am the bread of life.’ His followers must
eat his body and drink his blood, in order to have eternal life. His
language seems so strange and shocking that many find it intolerable.
They leave him, even though they have seen his miracles. But Jesus
never tones down his message to make it acceptable. He speaks with
absolute truth and integrity.
about you?’ Jesus asks the twelve apostles. And Peter replies on
behalf of all. ‘Who shall we go to?’ They have come to know
Jesus, and to believe in him. They have seen that there is no other
Saviour, and no other teaching that brings life. We may feel
discouraged by our own sins and failures; we may feel outraged by the
scandals and the shortcomings that we see in the Church; we may be
tempted to go away too, as others have done. But as Pope Francis has
said, the Church can only repent and reform herself with the
involvement of all her members. Who else shall we go to?