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Daily Mass Reflections - 12/27

Updated on November 25, 2022

Saint John is a role model for all believers, who are called to establish a deep personal friendship with Jesus. By his prayers may we more fully experience the mystery of the Father’s love revealed in Christ, and respond by offering our lives even more generously to him.” ~ Saint Benedict XVI

Today our Church pauses to commemorate the great Saint John, affording us the opportunity to read from both his letters and his Gospel. As a co-worker of mine once so astutely said one evening on his way to Bible Study on a night when his group would reflect upon John’s Letters, “Everyone loves the book of John; it’s just one big love letter.”

Today we begin in - well...the beginning (1 John 1:1-4) where the great Prophet saw to it to proclaim the word of eternal life, to “reveal to us what was seen and heard from him.”

“What was from the beginning,
what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we looked upon
and touched with our hands
concerns the Word of life —
for the life was made visible;
we have seen it and testify to it
and proclaim to you the eternal life
that was with the Father and was made visible to us.”

This was a man who was present for the Nativity, the Transfiguration, and of course the Resurrection. He was also at the foot of the cross with Mary during the Crucifixion when everyone else, for fear of their lives, had left as we are reminded in today’s Gospel (John 20:1A, 2-8). Think he’s got some fascinating stories?

This fearlessness in the face of danger, a gift given freely to him by way of the generous love of the Holy Spirit, is something that we all can and must aspire to.

You, John, were the youngest, but also the bravest, this by virtue of the fact that love breeds courage. Saint John, teach us to love Jesus courageously, holding nothing back, to follow Him, to stand faithful beside the Cross.” ~ Amen

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