With this Sunday's Gospel, we come to the end of the discussion between Jesus and the crowd in John 6. The crowd felt that Jesus had gone too far. He had said things that offended them. They could not swallow his words, particularly when he said that they must eat his flesh. When those who followed Jesus heard the statement about drinking his blood, many of them complained. And yet, Jesus pushed them further. He said in effect, "Are you offended? What would it do to you if you actually saw me ascend into heaven? Would that offend you too?" Jesus knew right away that some would not believe in him. That's why he told them that no one could come to him without the Father's leading. Many of the disciples --those who had been following him to listen-- dropped out. Jesus said to the Twelve, "Will you also leave?" Simon Peter, the impetuous, answered for the Twelve in line with what Jesus had said: "Lord, we have nowhere else to go. You have the words of eternal life. And we believe that you are the Holy One of God." The disciples believed him. They had, in Jesus' words, eaten his flesh and drunk his blood. They knew that he was what they needed, hard statements and all. The meaning of the Gospel is in Peter's words of confession, "You have the words of eternal life." The eternal words are those that offended the crowd, the "hard saying." Jesus in effect asks us as he asked his disciples: You know grace, will you go away? Or will you over and over again, day by day accept the abundant life of forgiving and being forgiven? When you know this grace, where else can you go? Jesus is the eternal life. Apart from him we are only helpless humans.