Thursday, December 27, 2012
Daily Mass Homily: Thursday, December 27th, 2012 (Feast of St. John the Evangelist)
Happy feast day of our patron, St. John the Evangelist! St. John is one of my favorite saints, not only because he was a good runner, but also because of his writings in the Bible. I am very excited to celebrate his feast today.
I think I’ve mentioned to you before—I know I have to our students—but St. John is represented in symbology and iconography as an eagle. That’s why you see an eagle on our ambo and in the blue stained glass window in the choir loft. I also have the eagle, as well as the symbols for the other three Evanglists—Matthew, Mark and Luke—on my chalice and vestments.
John is represented by the eagle because he soars the heights of spiritual and theological insight. He is one of the most brilliant thinkers our Church has ever seen. Consider part of our first reading: “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…” In a few words John synthesizes the essence of the Old Testament and Christ—the Word—who was made flesh.
The soul purpose of John’s writings is to inspire belief. He can write so eloquently about faith in Jesus because he was an example par excellence of believing: “Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.”
May St. John, our patron, inspire us to believe more deeply in Jesus Christ whose incarnation we celebrate this Christmas season. May we seek his insight in his writings in Scripture.
St. John the Evangelist, pray for us!