Daily Meditation for December 27, 2021

Today we celebrate the life of St. John the Evangelist. It is appropriate to do this right after Christmas, as St. John was known as Jesus’ best friend. He was probably the youngest of the apostle group, and like many of the others, gave up his life as a fisherman to participate in Jesus’ ministry. His place at table was right next to Jesus, and when Jesus was arrested, John didn’t run away, afraid, as the others did. He stayed there the whole time. John was with the women at the foot of the cross, and Jesus asked him to take care of His mother, Mary. After the Resurrection when Jesus appeared for the first time to the apostles while they were fishing, John was the first to recognize Him, telling the others, “It is the Lord!” We can learn many things from John about being a friend. Presence, attention, loyalty, and supportive action are some of them.

By Mary Jackle, OSB