Tuesday, December 27, 2011

St. John the Divine, Apostle and Evangelist

Read: Exodus 33:18-23, Psalm 92, 1 John 1:1-9, and John 21:9b-24

St. John was the only one of the Twelve to die a natural death. Despite being boiled in oil and sent to the prison colony at Patmos, John died in about 100 CE in Ephesus.

John worked tirelessly to tell others about Christ. Where the synoptic Gospel writers show Christ as the Son of Man, John shows him as the Son of God. In his epistles he tries to encourage his readers to love each other just as Christ loved us. Many scholars believe that Revelation is a prophecy of the fall of Jerusalem, in 70 CE.

Ask God to help you tell others about Christ like John did. You may find the following prayer helpful:

Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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