“Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the holy one of God.” These are the words of Peter when asked by Jesus if the apostles were going to abandon Him as some others had just done. The reason that the others left was because Jesus was telling them that to have eternal life they must eat His flesh and drink His blood, they could not understand this sort of talk so they walked away. At this point Jesus could have tried to stop them from leaving and explained that He was just talking in figures of speech and did not mean that they literally had to eat His body and drink His blood, but He did not, He let them go. Jesus let them go because He was being literal about His body being true food and His blood being true drink. Of course we understand that Jesus was speaking of the Eucharist but even the twelve, at the time, could not understand what Jesus really meant but they trusted Him enough that they stayed with Him and knew that Jesus would reveal to them, sooner or later, what this fantastic statement meant. So as we approach the Eucharist let us be mindful of the faith demonstrated by the apostles and join our faith with theirs that we may know that the food that we receive at the Lords Supper is the true body and blood of the Christ who gives Himself to us not so he can be a part of us but so that we can be in union with Him!
Your servant in Christ,