Perhaps the greatest theological scripture ever written is the gospel of John. Today, we celebrate the feast of Saint John, the Evangelist. While the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke track the life and teachings of Jesus, in the gospel of John the full theological meaning of those teachings is considered and revealed. In today’s first reading from John’s gospel we hear how what we have seen and heard leads to “the eternal life.”
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 —
for the life was made visible;
we have seen it and testify to it
and proclaim to you the eternal life
that was with the Father and was made visible to us—
what we have seen and heard
we proclaim now to you,
so that you too may have fellowship with us;
for our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.
Today, let us promise ourselves to read and reflect on the great gospel proclaimed by John. In it and through it we come to a deeper relationship with Christ Jesus.
Saint John, pray for us.