To my parishioners at St. John's I wish you a happy feast day. It is unfortunate that when they were choosing the name for the parish no one checked the calendar and realized that the parish feast day would be two days after Christmas and not conducive to a parish celebration. How do you schedule a party for Dec. 27.
On the up side we got the youngest of the apostles. In art work in order to show his youth he is the one apostle depicted without, leading Dan Brown to claim in his books that John is Mary Magdalene. My sympathies to our patron.
He is also credited with no less than 5 books of the Bible: the gospel, three letters, and the book of Revelation. Particularly in the letters we see the profound relationship he shared with Jesus. It is John who gives us the simple but profound definition, God is love. It was in this love that Jesus entrusted John and Mary to each other at his crucifixion.
Today we invoke the intercession of the beloved disciple to deepen within each of us a true love for Jesus attachment to his mother.