Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist
Intention: That, in this Octave of Christmas, our Church will continue to find ways to be the Body of Christ and his Good News to all of the world.
Today’s Gospel | John 20: 1a, 2-8
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.
From the Meditation for Saint John the Evangelist| Saint John Baptist de La Salle
If Saint John was much loved by Jesus, he also loved Jesus very much. The first sign he gave of this love was that he gave up everything in order to follow him.
If Saint John followed Jesus to Mount Tabor, where he manifested his glory to his Apostles, he also accompanied him to Calvary, where he appeared as an object of malediction, although all the other disciples had abandoned him. He was, then, the only Apostle who followed Christ even to death, for he wanted to be the witness of his sufferings right up to the end.
He was also the first to be at the tomb of Jesus Christ, to make sure of the truth of his Resurrection and to be able afterward to announce it to the others.
See what his tender love made Saint John do to respond to the love of Jesus for him. Reflect often that because Jesus gave himself entirely to us and for us, we too must give ourselves totally to him, do everything for him, and not seek ourselves in anything. Our whole care ought to be to detach ourselves from all things in order to attach ourselves to God alone, because nothing is equal to him and he is the only one to whom we can securely give our hearts.
Eternal Father, on this day that we remember the Holy Family Jesus, may we hold them as a model of how to live with faith, love and respect. Open our eyes so that we can see that we, too, are one family, sharing this life and this earth as our home. May we live together in peace and justice, ready to love one another and glad to do your will. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.