John the Beloved: Dec. 27


7401acc3edb76c72d8f580cc3bbc197eSt. John was an intelligent, strong man who was not afraid to love.

He is the Apostle of Charity, pictured

“Jesus and the Beloved Disciple” by  Fr.  John Giuliani, 1996
“Jesus and the Beloved Disciple” by Fr. John Giuliani, 1996

leaning on the breast of Jesus at the Last Supper.

 

 

 

 

Yet his love was rooted in the strength of the Holy Spirit because John was the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake Jesus during His crucifixion

Mary Magdalene, the Blessed Mother, and John in The Passion of the Christ
Mary Magdalene, the Blessed Mother, and John in The Passion of the Christ

John stood at the foot of the cross and was appointed the guardian of Mary and was the first apostle to reach the empty tomb on Easter morning.

Mathias Grünewald, Crucifixion, Isenheim Altarpiece, c.1512/15
Mathias Grünewald, Crucifixion, Isenheim Altarpiece, c.1512/15

 

The Crucifixion with the Virgin, Mary Magdalene and St. John the Evangelist, ca 1400. Artist: Andrea di Bartolo (bef. 1389-1428)
The Crucifixion with the Virgin, Mary Magdalene and St. John the Evangelist, ca 1400. Artist: Andrea di Bartolo (bef. 1389-1428)

images (22)He is also St. John the Evangelist and Saint Paul affirms in Galatians 2:9 that John, along with Peter and James, were “these pillars” of the Church.

He has almost always been depicted with an eagle to signify the soaring of his writings, which were so brilliant theologically stjohn_eaglethat some came to call him “John the Divine.” He is the author of three New Testament books.

In the Gospel according to Saint John: “In the beginning was the Word. . . . ”

I love the more mystical Gospel of John because of its depth and power to touch my inner spirit.

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DB-f17r-mThe Limbourgs is illustrated with a miniature showing John on Patmos, the island where he was exiled by the Emperor Domitian, and where he received the revelation recorded in the Apocalypse.
The boat which has brought the apostle pulls away. John is young and beardless; beside him stands his symbol, an eagle, with spread wings and a portable inkstand in his beak.
Three trumpets ring in John’s ears, symbolizing the verse from the Apocalypse: “I… heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet…” (Apocalypse I: 10)
In the clouds above appears the vision:”I saw … one like to the Son of man….” (Apocalypse I: 13) On the Lord’s knees are the Lamb and the scroll with seven seals mentioned later in the Apocalypse; seated around His throne are twenty-four elders in white robes and golden crowns.

In his old age he was carried into the assembly of the Church at Ephesus, and his only exhortation was,

“Little children, love one another.” 

Our Lady of Sorrows (Latin: Beata Maria Virgo Perdolens), the Sorrowful Mother or Mother of ... Our Lady who softens evil hearts, Russian icon, 19th century ...
Our Lady of Sorrows (Latin: Beata Maria Virgo Perdolens), the Sorrowful Mother or Mother of … Our Lady who softens evil hearts, Russian icon, 19th century …

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