St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
Feast Day: December 27
Born: c. 6 (or 15) (Galilee)-c. 100 (Ephesus, Asia Minor)
Symbols: Eagle; chalice; book
Patron of: art dealers, authors, bookbinders, booksellers, burn victims, editors, evangelists, painters, poison victims, printers, publishers, scholars, scribes, tanners, theologians, typesetters, writers, among other.
St. John was the son of Zebedee and the brother of St. James. He is often referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” or the “ beloved disciple”, because Jesus showed John kindness above the other disciples. In fact, St. John is recognized as one of the first apostles to be called by Jesus to join him.
When Jesus began his ministry on earth, it was John and his brother, James, that were the first to be called to join Him. James and John “were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called to them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him”. (Matthew 4:21b-22)
John proved to he a humble and faithful servant to Jesus. His obedience and steadfastness is evident in the fact that John was:
- Present with Peter and James at the Transfiguration of Christ.
- Permitted to witness Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsememe.
- Allowed to rest his head on Jesus’ chest at the Last Supper.
- The only one of the Twelve Disciples who did not forsake Christ in the hours of His Passion.
- Stood at the foot of the cross during the Crucifixion where Jesus confided in him to care for his mother, Mary.
Considered by theologians and scholars to be the profound example of Jesus’ message, throughout his life John served God humbly and faithfully, forsaking this world in preparation for the next. His hatred and contempt of the world was equal to his love of God as reflected in his message:
“My little children, love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If anyone loves the world the charity of the Father is not in him.”
St. John inspires Catholic Stand to proclaim the Truth with charity and humility while glorifying God and His Holy Church in the process.
Intercessory Prayer: O Glorious St. John, you were so loved by Jesus that you merited to rest your head upon his breast, and to be left in his place as son to Mary. Obtain for us an ardent love for Jesus and Mary. Let me be united with them now on earth and forever after in heaven. Amen.
To learn more about St. John visit the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.