Audio Readings , December 26, 2013

Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist
1 John 1:1-4; Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12;John 20:1-8
He ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first. (John 20:4)

No matter now many remarkable accomplishments can be attributed to St. John—and there are many—he is probably best known and loved for his passion. Don’t you find that remarkable? John was one of the pioneers of primitive Christianity. He founded and led churches throughout Asia Minor. He was even one of the earliest and most detailed witnesses to the words and deeds of Jesus of Nazareth. And yet we remember him most for his passionate love of the Lord. We catch a glimpse of that passion in today’s Gospel as we read about how he outran Peter to see the empty tomb. He couldn’t contain himself. He so wanted to believe that Jesus really had risen!

John’s passion for Jesus stretched back to his initial encounter with the Lord. On the banks of the Sea of Galilee, he left the security of father, home, and livelihood at Jesus’ invitation—and he never looked back. We also see his passion when he suggested calling down fire from heaven against some people who refused to welcome Jesus into their town. It shows up again when we learn that Jesus had nicknamed him and his brother, James, the “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17).

Such a portrait of John tells us how intently he listened to Jesus’ preaching and teaching, how closely he watched Jesus heal and deliver people, and how open he was whenever Jesus spoke to him. No wonder we celebrate his feast day during the Christmas season—a season so focused on Jesus’ own passionate love for us!

John’s passion can be ours, too. As we cooperate with the ever-present grace of God, we can come to know him more and more clearly. We can taste his own passion for us, and that passion will enkindle a fire in our hearts. Even the smallest step of obedience, surrender, or cooperation with God can spark the flame. God doesn’t need much from us, just an open heart and a flexible will. So seek Jesus today. May we all become beloved disciples just like John!

“Lord, grant me the grace to love you with everything that I am. Thank you for being so single-minded in your devotion to me. By your Spirit, may I be just as single-minded for you.”~WAU

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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