Monday, December 25, 2017
ST. JOHN, Apostle and Evangelist
December 27, 2017 - WEDNESDAY
ST. JOHN, Apostle and Evangelist
1 Jn 1: 1 - 4 I Jn 20: 1a, 2- 8
Born in Bethsaida, St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, the "beloved disciple," a fisherman, son of Zebedee, had been a disciple of St. John the Baptist before he was called by Christ. Together with Sts. Peter and his brother James, they were at the Transfiguration of Christ and at the agony in the garden. St. John preached the Gospel in Samaria, Antioch and Ephesus, where his tomb is venerated. He was exiled to the isle of Patmos where he wrote the Book of Revelation. He died at Patmos towards the end of the first century.
FROM THE FIRST READING: 1 Jn 1: 1- 2
This is what has been from the beginning, and what we have heard and seen, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, I mean the Word who is Life. The Life made itself known and we bear witness, and we are telling you of it. It was with the Father and made himself known to us.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 20: 1a, 2- 8
Now, on the first day after the sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning.... She ran to Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved. And she said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have laid him."
Peter then set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down and saw the linen cloths lying flat, but he did not enter.
Then Simon Peter came following him and entered the tomb; he, too, saw the linen cloths lying flat. The napkin, which had been around his head was not lying flat like the other linen cloths but lay rolled up in its place. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and believed.
In the first reading, the first few verses of John's First Letter, we are told about the importance of personal witnessing. John, the beloved disciple, writes as a personal witness and friend of the Lord Jesus.
We are reminded of John's words towards the end of his Gospel, "There are many other signs that Jesus gave in the presence of his disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;
believe and you will have life through his Name." (Jn 20: 30- 31)
In the Gospel reading we see the faith of the followers grow about the risen Christ: first, the witness of Mary of Magdala at the empty tomb, and then of John: "he saw and believed."
The risen Jesus speaks to us, "Happy are those who have not seen and believe." (Jn 20: 29)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
VIRGILIO & MA. CONCEPCION CALIMON
BUTCH & ROSE NARCISO
IN MEMORIAM (†)
SALVADORA R. REYES
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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