St. John, December 2

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist John was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He was the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of Saint James the Greater, another of the Twelve Apostles. He is also known as St. John the Apostle and St. John the Evangelist.

John is widely believed to be the author of the fourth gospel and the three New Testament epistles of John. He is also identified with Saint John the Divine, the author of the Book of Revelation. John and his brother James the Greater were originally fishermen who, together with their father, fished in the Lake of Genesareth. John was first a disciple of John the Baptist and later one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Peter, James and John were the only witnesses of the raising of Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:37) of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1) and of the Agony in Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:37) Only he and Peter were sent into the city to make the preparation for the final Passover meal (the Last Supper) (Luke 22:8). At the meal itself, his place was next to Jesus on whose chest he leaned (John 13:23-25). John alone remained near Jesus at the foot of the cross on Calvary with Jesus’ mother, Mary, and the pious women and took Mary into his care.

After the Resurrection, John and Peter were the first of the disciples to run towards the tomb and John was the first of the apostles to believe that Jesus had truly risen. (John 20:2-10) After Jesus’ Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, John, together with Peter, took a prominent part in the early church. He is with Peter at the healing of the lame man in the Temple (Acts 3:1ff). With Peter he is also thrown into prison (Acts 4:3). He is also with Peter visiting the newly converted in Samaria (Acts 8:14). Paul refers to John along with Peter and James the Just as “pillars of the church.” (Gal. 2:9) Tradition says John out lived all the other apostles and the only apostle not to meet with martyrdom, dying at about 100 A.D.

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