Every Sunday, in the traditional liturgical services, we sing the Gospel Acclamation right before the Gospel text is read. Why do we do this? Today’s reading in The Journey is the source of that text. The reading is John 6:60-71. Many of Jesus’ disciples left him because his teaching was difficult to swallow. Jesus turned to the twelve and said, “Will you leave me, too?”
“Where would we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
We echo Peter’s words as a symbol of our faith and utter need for Jesus.
Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of where traditions originate, so that they don’t grow stale through rote repetition.
What do you think about Peter’s words? Do they still ring true?