Daily Gospel Reflection – Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist
December 27, 2021
Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist
Gospel: Ga 20:2-8
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.
*United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Bishop Robert Barron
Friends, today we celebrate the feast of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist. St. John is, of course, a spiritual master, but he is a literary master as well. We can see his skill throughout his Gospel, but perhaps especially in the stories dealing with the resurrected Jesus. We can find them in the twentieth and twenty-first chapters of his Gospel. Our passage for today is from chapter twenty, and it contains, in short compass, the whole of Christianity, if we have the eyes to see it.
“On the first day of the week.” Easter Sunday is the new creation day. On the first creation day, God had said, “Let there be light,” and now, on Easter day, the one who said, “I am the light of the world” has returned from the dead. And this means that everything has changed, and everything has been recreated.