Narrative Lectionary 426
35 JesusA said to them, “I am the breadB of life.C
Whoever comesD to me will never be hungry,E and whoever believesF in me will never be thirsty.G 36 But I said to you that you have seenH me and yet do not believe.
37 EverythingI that the FatherJ givesK me will comeL to me, and anyone who comesM to me I will never drive away;N
38 for I have come downO from heaven,P not to doQ my own will,R but the will of him who sentS me.
39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should loseT nothing of allU that he has given me, but raise it upV on the lastW day.X
40 This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who seeY the SonZ and believe in him may haveAA eternalBB life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
41 Then the JewsCC began to complainDD about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph,EE whose father and motherFF we know?GG How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one canHH comeII to me unless drawnJJ by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day.
45 It is writtenKK in the prophets,LL ‘And they shall all be taughtMM by God.’NN
EveryoneOO who has heardPP and learnedQQ from the Father comesRR to me. 46 Not that anyone has seenSS the Father except the one who is from God; he has seenTT the Father. 47 Very truly,UU I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your ancestorsVV ateWW the mannaXX in the wilderness,YY and they died.ZZ 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51 I am the livingAAA bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever;BBB and the bread that I will give for the life of the worldCCC is my flesh.”DDD
52 The Jews then disputedEEE among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of ManFFF and drinkGGG his blood,HHH you have no life in you.
54 Those who eatIII my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is trueJJJ foodKKK and my blood is true drink.LLL
56 Those who eatMMM my flesh and drink my blood abideNNN in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sentOOO me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eatsPPP me will live because of me.
58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate,QQQ and they died. But the one who eatsRRR this bread will live forever.” 59 He said these things while he was teachingSSS in the synagogueTTT at Capernaum.UUU
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