On hearing it, many of His disciples said, "This is a hard saying; who can accept it?"
The demands Jesus makes upon His followers are not empty rhetoric, and they do not change with the passing of time. He calls us to conversion, to reconciliation with God and one another.
Jesus wishes us to hear the "hard sayings" as well as the words of confidence and encouragement.
-Pope John Paul II
Open my heart to conversion, O Lord, so that I may hear not only what I want to hear but, also, and especially, what I need to hear.