Friday, December 27, 2013

St. John the Evangelist

Today is the feast day of St. John the Divine or the Evangelist. We know of him from the Scriptures.  He was the son of Zebedee and Solome (Matthew 4:21,Mark 15:40). St. John is the younger brother of St. James.

They lived and worked as fishermen in by the sea of Galilee. Both brothers were fond of St. John the Baptist and often heard him preach on repentance near the river Jordan.

St. John was called by Christ Jesus to be one of His disciples. He accepted without hesitation and followed Jesus everywhere even to Christ's crucifixion.  There he would be charged to care for the Blessed Virgin Mary. (John 19:27) St. John would preach the Gospel as Christ commanded, even writing texts that became part of the canon of Sacred Scripture (Gospel of John, the three Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation).  He is the only Apostle to live into old age and not be martyred.

St. John is a role model for all Christians.  He stood by Jesus even till the end.  While the other disciples ran for dear life; John remained by Christ's side. He did not fear the authorities coming to arrest Christ, nor the slanders and gossip of the sanhedrin.    

 

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