FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
HARD SAYINGS OF THE GOSPEL
May 6, 2017
Today’s gospel: John 6:60-69
When Jesus told his disciples about having to eat his flesh and drink his blood, many of them were shocked and could not accept the teaching. “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” (v.60b). And they left him. “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.” (v.66).
Today, many so-called Christians do not accept the hard teachings of Jesus. But also, many do not know about the hard teachings of the authentic gospel, since the Church hardly preaches about it.
What are these hard teachings? Among other things:
- Self-denial and self-emptying.
* Embrace of the cross.
* Love of enemies.
* Call to holiness and Christian perfection.
* Joy in affliction.
The thrust of liberals in our Church is just to make people feel good. To be taught about God’s love but not so much about God’s justice. Let us just welcome, embrace and not judge one another. Do not speak about sin because it is offensive and divisive.
Political correctness was never a part of Jesus’ message. He gave only the words that led to salvation. Direct, clear, challenging. The irony today is that political correctness has resulted in many leaving the Church. Why be part of a Church that just blends in nicely with the world?
Given the demands of the gospel, Jesus asks us today: “Do you also want to leave?” (v.67). May our response be that of Peter: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (v.68).
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