Wednesday, December 27, 2006

December 27


                                St John The Beloved

December 27 - Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, Beloved Disciple of Jesus

St. John was born in Bethsaida, and like his brother James, was a fisherman.  St. John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by Jesus in the first year of Jesus' public ministry.  He became the "Beloved Disciple" and the only one of the twelve who did not forsake the Savior as He died on the cross.  He stood faithfully at the cross when the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother.  His later life was lived mainly in Jerusalem and at Ephesus.  He founded many churches in Asia Minor.  He wrote the fourth Gospel, and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also attributed to him.  Brought to Rome, tradition relates that he was by order of Emperor Dometian cast into a cauldron of boiling oil, but came forth unhurt and was banished to the island of Patmos for a year.  He lived to an extreme old age, surviving all his fellow apostles, and died at Ephesus about the year 100.

St. John is called the Apostle of Charity, a virtue he had learned from Jesus Himself, and which he constantly modeled by word and example.  He lived an exceptional life, and we have a lot to learn from him.


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Gospel reading:  John 21:1a and 2-8