This is the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s passage continues chapter six of John’s gospel. Last week’s reading ended with Jesus stating “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” This week we hear the Jews murmuring against Jesus. After all, they knew him as the son of Mary and Joseph how could anything more be believed?
Jesus explains that God is the one who will draw people to him. He says “Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.” Later, in this week’s passage, Jesus again asserts “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
We who have the luxury of hindsight, know of Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection. Unlike the Jews of Jesus’ day, we know the whole story. We who believe will have eternal life. Wow!