For the past several weeks, we heard the majority of the Bread of Life Discourse from the Gospel of John. This weekend we hear the last part of that passage (verses 60-69). The final words of the passage come from Simon Peter. Many disciples had just left Jesus because of the challenging nature of his teaching about the bread of life. Jesus asks if his Apostles wanted to abandon him as well. Peter responds and asks, “To whom shall we go?” Peter does not believe that Jesus’ words are difficult or challenge, but he says that Jesus has “the words of eternal life.”
I know one thing for certain, in Christ we have our life and our being, but he never said it would be an easy life. That is exactly what discipleship is. Discipleship is living life according to the sometimes challenging words of our Lord and Savior, but ultimately following those words will give us life. We are not called to be comfortable or complacent. As Christians, we are called to go out beyond our comfort zone and to share the Gospel with others any possible way that we can.
One of my favorite sayings is, “God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.” I would guess that many of us believe we are not worthy to do God’s work in an official capacity. That is, teaching about the faith, leading a prayer group or bible study, serving as a minister of Holy Communion, etc. We like to think that there are others far holier than us who can handle those tasks all on their own. Guess what? We’re wrong. The beauty of being a Christian, of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, is that we come from a long line of ill-equipped people who were called to be the Body of Christ to the world and to live the Gospel every single day. Look at the Twelve Apostles, for example, those guys made plenty of mistakes, they were often scared and unsure, but, most of all, they were willing to do almost anything that Jesus asked of them. In our own lives there are countless times when we are unsure or afraid, but none of that really matters when we truly know in our hearts that our God has called us to great things and He will surely see us through our struggles in order to do those things.
It’s a simple as this: each and everyone of us is a disciple. We have been called, whether overtly or simply because of our baptismal vocation, to do God’s work and to trust that God’s words give everlasting life. Jesus never said being a disciple would be easy, but he did say it would be worth it in the end.
Peace & Prayers,