The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia
Listen again to John's words: "We declare to you," he writes, "what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ."
John's declaration is teeming with passion and holds within it a burning desire to share this faith that has been both revealed and experienced. The faith that is declared is not something abstract but one that engages all the senses—it is heard and seen and touched. And if, as tradition has held, St John wrote this letter as an old man, he did indeed speak from experience—the experience of having known Jesus both in bodily and resurrected form. Yet his passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ has not faded one iota in the intervening years. If anything it has grown bolder and stronger with age.
Loving Father, help us to remember the story of Christ's birth,
Colijn de Coter. Saint John the Evangelist Weeping (1500-04). Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Valde honorandus est (1563).
Motet for the Feast of St John the Evangelist.
Ensemble Vocal Sagittarius and Ensemble La Fenice, dir Michel Laplénie.
|Valde honorandus est beatus Joannis,|
qui supra pectus Domini in coena recubuit:
cui Christus in cruce matrem virginem virgini commendavit.
|Greatly to be honoured is blessed John,|
who leaned on the breast of the Lord at the Last Supper:
to whom Christ on the cross commended his mother, the virgin of virgins.
May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.