Skip to comments.Truth or Consequences
Posted on 08/27/2006 12:16:25 AM PDT by Salvation
|Truth or Consequences
|Our Lords beautiful Bread of Life discourse does not end on a happy note. In response to His teaching, many of [His] disciples who were listening said, This saying is hard; who can accept it? (Jn 6:60). It is the only instance in the Gospels of people rejecting our Lords teaching in such large numbers. Many of His disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied Him (Jn 6:66).
They left because they could not accept our Lords teaching on the Eucharist. More important, however, is the reason they could not accept His teaching: This saying is hard, they declared. Well, of course it was hard! To accept our Lords teaching on the Eucharist meant to accept His authority and therefore to acknowledge Him that carpenter from Nazareth, the son of Joseph and Mary as God. It meant a drastic change in belief and therefore in life. It meant reconfiguring their lives according to the teaching and the Teacher. Indeed, it was hard. But they do not mention whether our Lords teaching might be true. They reject His teaching as hard, but not as wrong, false or untrue. Ease rather than truth seems to be the deciding factor.
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The author, Father Paul Scalia, is the son of Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia!
Funny that no one has responded to this thread. Giving it another bump!
I have met Father Scalia and been to his church. A good man.
That is great to hear! Where abouts in Virginia is he?
Sorry, it's at the bottom of the item. Oh well.
God bless Fr. Scalia and his family. Thank you for posting.
It does hit the nail on the head, doesn't it. Sure like that graphic!