Thursday, December 27, 2012

Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist: Eyewitness of Love

“Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life … we proclaim now to you…” – 1 Jn 1:1, 3

“Why do you always speak to us about love? Tell us about other things Jesus taught?” According to Christian legend, this question was posed to the Beloved Disciple by his disciples. The Beloved Disciple answered, “This is the central truth that Jesus taught and lived, there is no greater message I can pass on to you.” The beginning of the First Letter of John echoes this urgency. Its author can barely contain his excitement and conviction, as if he is saying: “I have seen with my own eyes, heard with my own ears, and felt with my very hands someone who touches my deepest longings and elicits purpose and meaning in my life in a way that surpasses my wildest imaginations. Let me share it with you …”

Have you experienced or discovered something or someone so life-giving that you can barely contain it? Like something that’s bursting within, you can’t wait to share it with others. It happens often when genuine friendships and relationships draw a person such that he or she cannot keep it for themselves. The Beloved Disciple is someone who has a special bond and intimacy with Jesus that he or she can hardly speak about anything else.  Today’s feast is about this kind of friendship with God. It celebrates a friendship that testifies to a personal, heartfelt knowing of Christ’s love. Two days after Christmas, we are challenged to let this love take hold of us. And transform us into eyewitnesses.

What goodness touches you in such a way that you cannot keep it to yourself? Ask God how you might embrace this gift more fully and share it with others wisely?

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