St John the Evangelist

Today is Friday the 27 December, the Feast of St John the Evangelist.

Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, sing “joyful light” from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.   “Joyful light of the holy glory of the immortal one.”  As I look around me now, can I sense that light, that holy presence here, and invite God’s joyful light into my life?

Today’s reading is from the first letter of John.

‘We declare to you what we have seen and heard…’   What things have you seen and heard in these last few weeks as you have followed in prayer the story of the Incarnation, the birth of Jesus, this turning-point in salvation-history?  Is there anything that has become clearer or more tangible for you, so that you have a sense of having seen it with your own eyes, or touched it with your own hands?

Do you share any of John’s enthusiasm to ‘declare’ and to ‘testify’ about what you have seen and heard?  Many of us – probably most of us – don’t, do we?  We’re at least a bit reluctant, maybe too embarrassed to do anything like ‘testifying’.  But without Bible-bashing or shoving it down anyone’s throat, is there anything, anything at all that I’ve learnt or experienced in the past few weeks, that I could tell even to just one person, that might be a ‘word of life’ for them?

As you hear these words from St John again, notice the sense of joy in them, how he finds joy in the very act of sharing with others the ‘word of life’.

Now, you might want to speak to God about whether there is anything you’ve learnt – anything you’ve seen or heard – that might be a ‘word of life’ you could share with someone else - what that thing might be, who that person might be.