Christmas, Day Three

— Andy Wade —

st.john.apostleThis third day of Christmas is traditionally the Feast Day of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist (and not a bad writer either!)

It was St. John who penned:

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Jn. 1:9-14

This day flows perfectly from day two of Christmas. The Christ who tabernacled first in Mary, then “moved into our neighborhood”, and soon would, through the Spirit, tabernacle within us. The Word who would make possible our adoption into the family of God, to become children of God, “…born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” Ponder a moment, the mystery of those words!

For today’s post I encourage you to watch one of my favorite videos, St. John in Exile, a one-man play featuring Dean Jones. Now an old man imprisoned on the isle of Patmos, John reflects on his life following Jesus along with the other disciples. Watch as he unfolds the story, a story of community with Christ as the center.