Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
21 Aug 2021

The declaration of Jesus that he was the living Bread come down from heaven and the source of eternal life, proved too much for some of his followers.  They could not believe in such a claim and started to drift away.  Neither surprised nor disappointed at their reaction, Jesus did not take back anything he had said nor try to make his teaching more acceptable.  This was a moment of crisis, of standing up and being counted.  What Christ was demanding of them was not understanding, but faith in himself.  There was no way they could avoid making a choice of being for or against Jesus.  In our day this still happens.  Our generation is faced with a decision to make about following our Lord ~ do we stay or do we go?  This is the drastic choice that faces all who come in contact with Jesus.  Our baptismal promised likewise put this question to us.  It is not just a matter of accepting that certain beliefs are true but it involves a personal commitment at the level of the heart and of the mind to live by the values of Christ.  The personal option to belong to Jesus regardless of where life may lead us is at the centre of our faith; and it is an on going struggle.    This means for us learning to rely on God rather than on ourselves when the road ahead is uncertain and the light is dim.  Most of us, of course, have doubts and face difficulties about our faith but, like Peter, we would be lost without it.  At this celebration of the Eucharist, Christ once again invites us to be his faithful followers and to share his work among all people.