December Saint of the Month – St. John the Apostle – Feast Day December
St. John the Apostle was born in 6 AD. He was called by Jesus to be an Apostle in the first year Jesus began preaching. His older brother, St. James the Great, was also an Apostle. John along with Peter were the only two apostles sent by Jesus to make preparations for the final Passover meal, the Last Supper. Then at the hour of Jesus’ Passion, St. John was the only Apostle that did not forsake Jesus. St. John stood faithfully at the cross and Jesus made him the guardian of His mother, Mary. After the Resurrection, John and Peter were the first of the disciples to hasten to the grave of Jesus and John was the first to believe that Christ had truly risen. After Mary’s Assumption, John went to Ephesus in present day Turkey. There, he was plunged into boiling oil by the Roman Emperor, but John miraculously suffered no injuries. He was then banished by Roman authorities to the Greek island of Patmos. There, it is said that he wrote the book of Revelation. St. John the Apostle is the author of 5 books in the New Testament; the Gospel John, the three epistles of John, and the book of Revelation. He is the longest living Apostle and the only Apostle that did not die a martyr. St. John died sometime after 98 AD. He is called the Apostle of Charity (or Love), a virtue he learned from Jesus. St. John is often pictured with an eagle that symbolizes “the height he rose to in his gospel.” He is the patron saint of love, loyalty, friendship, and authors. St. John the Apostle’s feast day is December 27.
“Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” – John the Apostle
“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” – John the Apostle
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John the Apostle