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John 6: 60 to 71

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60   20 Then many of his disciples who were listening said,
       “This
saying is hard; who can accept it?”

61   Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring
       about
this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?

62   What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to
       where
he was before? 21

63   It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh 22 is of no
       avail.
The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

64   But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus
       knew
from the beginning the ones who would not
       believe and the
one who would betray him.

65   And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one
       can
come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

66   As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their
       former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

67   Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”

68   Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
       You have the words of eternal life.

69   We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the
       Holy One of God.”

70   Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you twelve? Yet is
       not one of you a devil?”

71   He was referring to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot; it was
       he who would betray him, one of the Twelve.

 

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 [62] 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 [63] 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.

 

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