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Acts of the Apostles 9:31-42
Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
John 6:60-69
How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for
In today˅s gospel Jesus realized that his disciples were complaining
about His teaching. He said to them, ˈ...It is the spirit that gives life;
the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit
and life. But among you there are some who do not believe. For this
reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is
granted him by my Fatherˉ When some of the followers heard this
they turned away and went back to their previous life.
We are challenged by this scripture to have faith and to believe in the
spirit that is alive in us as Christians. The grace and gifts of the Holy
Spirit is what will lead us to our eternal reward with God. The worldly
objects and temptations are not important. Jesus asked his disciples
if they were shocked by His teaching. Do we think that following
Christ is too hard? Do we turn away from some of the teachings of
the church because we are shocked or do not believe in the spirit that
gives life? I think it is easy sometimes to turn away when we are in
trouble or blame the church if it doesn˅t go our way. It takes prayer
and perseverance to NOT turn away and as difficult as it
is to keep our focus on God and what is right, there is no
other choice for us as a Christians. It is really hard to be a
Christian today. At times we want to ˈturn awayˉ like