Now God speaks intimately, as one man to another. Now he descends into the depth of their human sufferings. Yet that very act prompts, and will continually prompt, his hearers – the hearers who nonetheless think of themselves as disciples t0 to say, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” (Jn 6:60). This new goodness of the Lord is no sugarplum. The scandal of the Cross is harder for many to bear than the thunder of Sinai had been for the Israelites. In fact, the Israelites were quite right when they said they would die if God should speak with them (Ex 20:19). Without a “dying,” without the demise of what is simply our own, there is no communion with God and no redemption.
– Pope Benedict XVI
(from: Ratzinger, Joseph. Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration. Doubleday: New York, 2007. P. 67-68.)