Saint John the Apostle has been a frequent friend of my soul during the past year. During the Lent, I marveled at his steadfast presence below the cross of Christ; at Easter, I ran to see the empty tomb with him; at each celebration of the Eucharist, I try to recall the way he leaned on Christ’s beating heart at the Last Supper. As the youngest apostle, he’s someone in whom my own youthful heart can find solace. Known as the “Beloved Disciple”, Saint John is a powerful intercessor for each human heart’s journey into deeper intimacy with Christ.
Getting to know this saint a little better over the past several months led me to discover that his feast day is celebrated on December 27th. So, when I opened my Magnificat to the daily Mass readings for that day, I expected to see “Saint John the Apostle” at the top of the page, indicating his memorial. Instead, I found “The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph” printed there. I was, admittedly, a little sad that my new saint friend’s feast was overshadowed, but I’m quite sure that Saint John would be more than happy to share a celebration with the Holy Family. In fact, I soon found the overlap of feasts to be extremely fitting.