Preparing the Israelites to recommit themselves to their covenant with God, Joshua recounted the many ways God had delivered them from their enemies. He reminded them that God had chosen them to be his people and given them the Promised Land as their inheritance. In return, God asked them to honour and serve him alone (Joshua 24:1-I5).
Today at Mass, we will have yet another opportunity to recommit ourselves to our new covenant in Christ. Like our ancestors in the faith, we face battles against fear, pride, ignorance and complacency. God wants all of us to become witnesses to our love for Jesus and his people.
This is a high calling. We are blessed that Jesus offers us his own life so that we can find the grace to love unconditionally and forgive 77 times, just as he does. Many disciples who heard Jesus’ teaching on the Bread of Life could not accept it. Why would they need his flesh and blood to have life with God? They already had the Law of Moses. But Peter saw through these objections and proclaimed: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).
Just as God was the Israelites’ only hope in conquering the Promised Land, Jesus was Peter’s only hope in living a life of purity, love, and freedom. You are about to receive Jesus in Communion. Look closely at the Host and the chalice. You are receiving something that has astonished believers for 2,000 years. You may not understand this great mystery, but you can still echo Peter’s words: “Master, where else can I go? You alone can give me what I need.”