Today (12/27) is the feast day for St. John, Apostle and Evangelist. He’s an incredibly important apostle, but I didn’t realize how important until listening to a homily today.
We all know, of course, that St. John is the disciple to whom Christ entrusted the care of the Blessed Mother as he was dying on the cross. But perhaps you, like me, didn’t realize that St. John also:
- Wrote five books of the New Testament (John, 3 letters and Revelation). We can expect that what’s in those books was directly influenced by what he heard from the Blessed Mother, with whom he spent the rest of his life.
- After the martyrdom of St. Stephen by stoning, John feared for the safety of the Blessed Mother, and he and she both moved to Ephesus, in what is today modern Turkey.
- Peter, James, and he were the only witnesses of the raising of Jairus’s daughter (Mark 5:37), of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1), and of the Agony in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:37). Only he and Peter were sent into the city to make the preparation for the Last Supper (Luke 22:8).
- After the Resurrection John with Peter was the first of the disciples to hasten to the grave and he was the first to believe that Christ had truly risen (John 20:2-10).