27th December, Christmas Octave, St John, Apostle and Evangelist

Today we celebrate St John, Apostle and Evangelist. John, a man of faith, after meeting Jesus and knowing him, announces to others his experience with the Lord so that they too may know him and believe in him. Hence, John is not only a man of faith but also a witness. We could pray for the grace of knowing Jesus more profoundly and witnessing him to others through our daily lives.

Who is this John?

He is one of the apostles. John, known as the disciple whom Jesus loved, is a friend of the Lord. While on the cross Jesus gave him to Mary as her son, and Mary to him as his mother. He’s one of the disciples who accompanied Jesus on the mountain of the transfiguration and in the garden of Gethsemane during his passion. In today’s Gospel speak of him as: “He saw and believed.” He is a man of faith. Out of such experience, John declares with conviction: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.”


1 John 1: 1–4
Psalm 97: 1–2, 5–6, 11–12
John 20: 2–8 or John 21: 20–24

Witness of his faith

He wrote the Gospel account called the Gospel of John, the Letters of John and the book of Revelations. Through these writings we meet a person who was very close to Jesus so much that his writings are somewhat the fruits of his life with the Lord.

Through the life of John, apostle and evangelist, we appreciate what it means to be a Christian. It’s about meeting Jesus and getting to know him. Hence, transformed by such encounter, one’s life becomes a living witness of that Good News so that others too may make a similar encounter.  

We pray that our faith in Jesus may help us to grow, like John, close friends of the Lord and that, through us, others too may come to know Jesus.

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