"As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him" (Jn 6:66).
We have finally finished the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. On July 29th we began this Johannine excursus. Up until that point we were reading from the Gospel of Mark. For four weeks we reflected on John's pivotal chapter on the Eucharist (the multiplication of the loaves and fish, followed by the Bread of Life discourse). Next week we will return to Mark's Gospel.
Kind of a depressing end, eh? Jesus performs this incredible miracle, gives this incredible teaching, and we're left with the fact that people have left him.