“it is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.  The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.  But there are some of you who do not believe.”

Jn 6: 63, 64

These are the words Jesus spoke to those who gathered around him, as his followers.  Yes, he challenged them as his words challenge us today.

His challenge?  To see the primacy of the Spirit as the essence of human existence, and to see the limits of the flesh, mortal life.  And, yes – the challenge to believe.

We face no different challenge today.

In this, we might see how blessed we are for in this challenge to believe (to know we are first spiritual beings and that mortal life while a gift is something less precious) for to have this challenge in an age of unbelief is to stand and walk with Jesus as others did in those early and decisive days.

Remember this: of the large numbers who gathered around Jesus, when challenged, many, many left because it was hard for them to imagine that the Spirit exceeded mortal life.  In short, they could not believe.  Yes, twelve alone remained.

So it is for us.  Will we be one of the twelve today?  Will we believe.  Will we live in a manner that shows others that the Spirit exceeds the flesh?

That is the prominent question today in our age and in the West.

Shalom.

Father, we thank you for this life.  We ask that you bless us to know the Spirit and receive the grace to believe, and attain the courage to live what we believe.  Amen.

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