Posted by: fvbcdm | December 28, 2013

Feast of Saint John the Evangelist (27 December 2013)

Today is the feast day of Saint John the Evangelist.  He was originally a fisherman on the Lake of Galilee, the son of the fisherman Zebedee and his wife Salome, and the brother of James.  We know of at least four fishermen that Our Lord chose to be among his apostles: John and James, Peter and Andrew.  Jesus promised that he would make them “fishers of men.”

When we read the gospels carefully, we realize that there were two men who were particularly close to Our Divine Lord, and therefore are models for us in our own spiritual lives.  One of them was Saint Joseph, the man chosen by God’s will to be the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the guardian of Our Lord for at least the first twelve years of Jesus’s life, and Saint John the fisherman, who enjoyed an especially close friendship with Our Lord, and to whom Jesus confided his blessed Mother as he hung dying on the cross. Saint John tells us that from that moment on, he took her into his home.  And, presumably, she lived with him until the end of her life on earth and her assumption into heaven.

So, as we celebrate these feasts that fall in the octave of Christmas, we ordinarily encounter Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Saint John the Apostle, and the Holy Innocents (those babies slaughtered by King Herod in an attempt to kill the Christ Child).

Let me suggest to you today that you try to cultivate a deeper and more affectionate devotion to Saint Joseph, the husband of Our Lady and the guardian of Jesus, and to Saint John, the “beloved disciple” who became the guardian of Our Lady after the death and resurrection of Our Lord.  The spiritual life is all about friendship with, and love, of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We can’t do better that to take his immaculate mother Mary, his guardian Joseph, and his beloved apostle John as our models in this quest for resemblance to Jesus, the Incarnate Word whose birth into our world we are gladly celebrating at this Christmastime.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.


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