John 6: 60 to 71
Ordinary 21 Year B
60 20 Then many of his disciples who were listening said,
61 Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring
62 What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to
63 It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh 22 is of no
64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus
65 And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one
66 As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their
67 Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
69 We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the
70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you twelve? Yet is
71 He was referring to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot; it was
20 [60-71] These verses refer more to themes of ⇒ John 6:35-50 than to those of ⇒ John 6:51-58 and seem to be addressed to members of the Johannine community who found it difficult to accept the high christology reflected in the bread of life discourse.
21  This unfinished conditional sentence is obscure. Probably there is a reference to ⇒ John 6:49-51. Jesus claims to be the bread that comes down from heaven (⇒ John 6:50); this claim provokes incredulity (⇒ John 6:60); and so Jesus is pictured as asking what his disciples will say when he goes up to heaven.
22  Spirit . . . flesh: probably not a reference to the eucharistic body of Jesus but to the supernatural and the natural, as in ⇒ John 3:6. Spirit and life: all Jesus said about the bread of life is the revelation of the Spirit.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised