St. John The Apostle and Evangelist

St. John, Pray for us!

st.john the apostle

Ah Yes, the adolescent disciple.

Tradition really makes it pretty clear that St. John was the youngest of Jesus’ disciples.

He was the disciple that Jesus loved!

We often think of John as a young lad.

He reminds of purity, both in body and in heart.

We very often prescribe to this saint the prayers for all those young people who are discerning a vocation.

Today’s gospel reading gives us another view of John,

apart from his youth.

Reaching the tomb before Peter, but he does not enter.

He waits for the older disciple to come and only goes into the tomb after Peter has entered.

We see the great respect John had for St. Peter.

Gospel says .”Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed.”

When I read this I can’t help but think of Jesus’ words to Thomas after the resurrection,

“Blessed are they have not seen and yet believe”

I remember on a retreat the priest once explained to us that in the original text when John uses the word believe, it goes to the core of a triple meaning.

To believe, you need to know and you need to love.

To know the Son of God, the way John describes it is beyond human understanding.

We understand that to love someone, you first have to know them.

To know someone you first have to believe in them, or believe them.

The reading also brings us to the tomb of Jesus.

But he is not there!

It is a reminder to all of us that true we may have tombs in our life and true we WILL definitely enter the final tomb at our death.

But like Jesus, we won’t be there.

We will rise again.

Like Jesus every tomb we enter – with faith – we will emerge into the light.

I pray that the youth of Saint John the Apostle has an impact on our adult lives.

I pray that the simplicity, purity, openness and understanding that is present in young people become apart of the lives of the old.

Let us meditate on John’s simple, pure and total love that he had for Jesus, the Son of God.

Let us see how we too can come to know and love our Lord the way this young disciple did.

 

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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