by Nanette Sawyer
Gospel Reading: John 6:56-69
For Sunday, August 26, 2012: Year B—Ordinary 21
It bothers me that this pericope begins with Jesus talking about people eating his flesh and drinking his blood. I’ve been so trained to hear biblical verses in a literal way that I cringe at the gruesome nature of these words.
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