St John the Evangelist

 

                                                                        St JOHN THE EVANGELIST

 img095St John the Evangelist was the son of Zebedee and Salome and they lived on the Galilean shores. St John’s much older brother was St James. In St Mark’s Gospel (Mark 1:20) there is a reference to “hired men” and St John’s “home” (John 19:27) which implies that Salome and her children were not poor.

When John the Baptist preached in the wilderness of Jordan, it is thought that the two disciples who “looked on Jesus as he walked” (John 1:35), when the Baptist cried: “Behold the Lamb of God!” were Andrew and John. John and Andrew followed the Lord, asked him where he lived and remained with him all day. This first meeting was most probably the beginning point for St John the Evangelist’s devotion to Jesus.

Scholars believe that John followed Jesus to Galilee, attended the wedding at Cana and went with him to Capernaum, remaining by Christ’s side always. Along with Peter and James he became one of Jesus’s closest friends who stayed with Christ even when the other disciples were at a distance.

John was with Jesus as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and his mother asked Jesus that both her sons might sit on either side of Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 20:21). The greatest honour Jesus bestowed on John was when he stood at the foot of the Cross on Good Friday and was asked by Our Lord to take care of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Following His death and Resurrection, after Christ appeared on the shore of Galilee, St John was first to recognise him. There are differing opinions about where St John went after the Assumption of Our Lady. It is thought that he lived in Ephesus and was later taken to Rome during the persecution of Domitian, where he was placed in a cauldron of boiling oil outside the Latin gate but was miraculously uninjured.

                                                                                            LOVE ONE ANOTHER                                                                       

St John was renowned for his tenderness. In his old age he was carried into the assembly of the Church at Ephesus, and his sole exhortation was ”Little children, love one another.” The date of his death is not certain but he is thought to have lived to a very old age.     

                                                                       

 

 

 

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