Jesus invited his listeners to believe in him so that they might have the kind of life that God always wanted for them. The people cannot believe that he has come down from heaven. They know his mother, Mary and his father, Joseph. Knowing his human origin prevents them from believing in his divine origin. Jesus does not try to make his difficult message easier, but repeats that he is the living bread came down from heaven. But to understand and accept who Jesus really is, a person must be drawn by his Father. Faith in Jesus is a gift of God. God is the origin of everything that has happened in the history of salvation. God has always taken the first step. It is He who created the world and everything in it. It is God who invites the people of Israel to make a special covenant with Him and become his people. Now in the person of Jesus, God has taken a new and unique initiative (Hebrews 1:1-2). In the person of his own Son, he shows us that his relationship with us is one of love. God never forces us to come to him. He respects the freedom of his creatures. We can choose to move with the inspiration God puts into our heart or we can refuse and stay where we are. The Gospel concludes with the words, "The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." This statement sounds strange, even offensive. What does this word 'flesh' mean? 'Flesh' in the Bible means the whole person as a creature of God. (e.g. Gen 2:23. 6:13; Mk 10:8; Lk 3:6). The "Word became flesh" (Jn 1:14) means it became fully human. When Jesus says: I give my flesh, he is saying: I give myself totally and freely for the world. Jesus is life-giving and if we wish to live we must receive him as food. It is in Holy Communion that Jesus has given us the sign of the total giving of himself and more than a sign he actually gives us his own flesh to be our food. When we celebrate Holy Communion together that celebration becomes a great moment. We receive Jesus in the Word and in Holy Communion to bring his life to others. By our way of living we give witness to our new life so that the world that seeks life may have it through us.