Feast of St John the Apostle | iPray with the Gospel
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first…
John 20:1a, 2-8
O, John, “the one whom Jesus loved”! How did you like that title! The “Beloved”. You were still young when you started following St John the Baptist. You loved him and listened to him, thinking that he could be the one. But one memorable day he looked into your eyes with affection and said to you, “I am not the One you are looking for, John. I am not the One who can quench your thirst for Love. I am not the One you should follow, the One that can give meaning to your life…the One that is worth living with and dying for… Then he pointed at Jesus, Who was passing by, ‘He is the One you are looking for.’
And you, John, jumped to your feet and followed Jesus. You never forgot that day, not even the time: “it was about the tenth hour”. And from that day on, always with Jesus. With Him you were from beginning to end. You heard Jesus preaching on the mount, by the sea, in the Temple, in the streets; you, John, saw His Glory on Mount Tabor during His Transfiguration, you saw Him multiplying loaves and fish, transforming water into wine, you saw Him acclaimed by the crowds. But there you were also, dear John, when He was despised by the leaders, when He was betrayed, rejected, deserted…there you were, John, when Jesus cried, when He bled, when He was tried, scorned, repudiated, scourged, insulted… and crucified.
You, John, were the youngest, but also the bravest. Because ‘love gives courage’. Thank you, John, for loving Him so much; for your daring, for comforting Jesus when He needed you. That’s why you were the Beloved, why Mary was entrusted to you; that’s why you rested your head on Jesus’ bosom…What a consolation it was for Our Lord to have you there, so young, so madly in love! John, teach me to love Jesus, to give myself to Him now, in my youth, to follow Him, to stand faithful beside the Cross, comforting Jesus… and taking Mary, as my Mother, into my home.
Rev. George Boronat M.D. S.T.D is a Catholic priest from the Prelature of Opus Dei, working in the Archdiocese of Southwark in London. He is the Chaplain of The Cedars Independent School in Croydon, and also works as Chaplain of Kelston Club & Study Centre (Balham) and Oakwood Independent School (Purley). He has developed his pastoral ministry mainly with young people and is the author of iPray with the Gospel: Resources to Help Young People Pray (www.ipraywiththegospel.org).