Words. Many offer a reason to follow. Persuasiveness. Curiosity. Jesus engaged a group who struggled to grasp the way he connected feeding a large crowd with himself. Manna. Bread of Life. He then used an evocative description to draw the audience either deeper, or as we would see repel them. “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood.” Startled. Confused. Repulsed. Whatever the reason some left. A small group stayed. Peter, the spokesperson, noted when asked would they too leave, “Where would we go? You have the words of life.” Staying or leaving, Jesus has the words of life. Here are some thoughts on the mashup of the RCL texts for this coming Sunday.