"I have been listening to you on EWTN for about a year now. After many struggles during this last year, I finally went to confession on Sunday.
I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to be home.
“We’re Witnesses of Jehovah, and we’d like to share some Scripture truths with you.” I was up in a flash.
My wife was about to put an early supper on the table. “I have work to do.” I stepped onto the porch and closed the door behind me.
Wanting to get the upper hand immediately, I said to the proselytizers, “I’m glad you’re here. I have a copy of the New World Translation of the Bible, the one your Brooklyn headquarters distributes. I want you to know that I appreciate your zeal and am grateful that you have come to my door.
“Now, before we go any further, tell me a little about yourselves.
I presume neither one of you was brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness.” My guess was right. ” I had them open to the sixth chapter, and we went through it slowly. He provides them, miraculously, with earthly food, a foretaste of what is to come.
One woman was a former Methodist, the other a former Catholic. In the last half of the chapter, he promises to provide them, miraculously, with heavenly food—his own body and blood. for my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed” (John –55). Again, no attempt was made to “correct” Jesus’ listeners and to assure them that he spoke merely in symbols.
Naturally enough, I intended to zero in on the latter. “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (John ). What I said was just a metaphor.’ There was no need for him to say that because they had understood him properly.” Jesus repeated himself: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you . Then, I noted, came objections not from the Jews who all along had opposed Jesus but from his own disciples, people who had accepted everything up to this point. He upbraided them: “There are some of you that do not believe” (John ).
“Consider the reaction of his listeners,” I said to the Witnesses. “After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him” (John )—the only place in Scripture in which any of Jesus’ followers left him for a doctrinal reason.
“The Jews who were listening to our Lord asked themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat? ” The former Methodist made no sign, but the former Catholic nodded slightly. I stepped close to the former Catholic and looked her square in the eyes. ” She shook her head slowly, her mouth slightly agape.