When many of his disciples heard what Jesus said, they said, â€˜This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?â€™ But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, â€˜Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.â€™ For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, â€˜For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.â€™
Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, â€˜Do you also wish to go away?â€™ Simon Peter answered him, â€˜Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.