Feast of Saint John, apostle and Evangelist
1 John 1:1–4
In contrast to Stephen’s bloody martyrdom, our tradition holds that Saint John the Evangelist was the only apostle not to die a martyr. While a priest celebrates every other feast of the apostles wearing red, today he wears white. Perhaps it’s that longevity, the years of prayer and preaching, that gave the writings traditionally attributed to this saint such theological depth and wisdom. Today, as we recall Saint John, may we cultivate the contemplative spirit in our lives, carving out more space to quietly ponder the mysteries of God.
Grant me, O Heavenly Father, a desire to know you. May I seek you with all my mind, turning my thoughts constantly to things that are above. Amen.
Take fifteen minutes today to sit in contemplative prayer. Focus your meditation on John’s role as an apostle. Call to mind the things he makes known to us about Jesus.