[Given on the Sunday, August 23, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri]
So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
John 6.67-69 (NRSV)
Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Risen Lord and Reigning Savior.
Our Gospel reading this morning ends a chapter-long lesson wherein Jesus instructs his would-be disciples that he is the “Bread of Heaven” – given, blessed, and broken for the sake of the entire world. As a result many chose to walk away, to not follow Christ, because his teaching is too difficult for them to handle.
Context matters in the Johannine Gospel, because in this…
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