This is the Third Day of Christmas
Eucharist Readings for St John the Evangelist
“This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.” (John 21:24)
(Edited and republished from December 27, 2019)
John is one of at least five Apostles that the Gospel shows evidence of being handpicked by Jesus. Oh the Gospel says he had 12 but some were just joiners I guess. John and James, Simon (Peter) and Andrew, and later Matthew (Levi; Matthew 9:9), were actually invited with the words, “follow me,” and they accepted. There was also the rich young man but he declined the invitation of our Lord. (Matthew 19:21) His name could have been among the 12 (or five), He was invited but his many possessions had control of him. There is a lesson in this for you and me.
John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1: 1 to 3). We have a beginning from One who has no beginning.
We must recognize the testimony of John as a divine revelation and message. All of his words, from the Gospel according to John, his pastoral letters, and the Divine Revelation from our Lord Jesus, are God’s doing and it is for our benefit. Thank You Lord Jesus.
The testimony of John the apostle about our Lord Jesus is true; Believe. Merry Christmas: Day 3
Let us not take our hate or ill will for another with us to our mortal death. Merry Christmas: Day 2
Our being saved has as much to do with the birth of Jesus as it does his Resurrection from the dead. Merry Christmas: Day 1
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John