Wednesday 27 December 2023

About Today Readings

St John

1 John 1:1–4. Let the just rejoice in the Lord – Psalm 96(97):1–2, 5–6, 11–12. John 20:2–8.

Are we apostles?

On this feast of St John, the Apostle and Evangelist, the first reading is most appropriate. The proof of the resurrection was not in the empty tomb, even though it figures prominently in John’s Gospel, but rather in the response of the witnesses in faith. They heard, they saw with their own eyes, they watched, they touched and now they know that they are in union with the Father and with Jesus Christ. It is not only knowing the presence of the man, Jesus, but knowing that what he did through his life, death and resurrection has brought them eternal life. Eternal life has been made visible through the Word. The Gospel relates the experience of the empty tomb; the beloved disciple saw and believed. Next, Mary Magdalene saw Jesus in the garden and recognised him in the call of her name. She was sent to proclaim the resurrection. Are we apostles too?

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