Thought of the day
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Saint John, apostle and evangelist - Feast

The Word was made flesh, he dwelt among us

I think the four evangelists are crucial elements in the faith of the Church. . .  and I think that the first shoot of the gospels lies. . .  in the gospel of John who, in speaking of him of whom others gave the genealogy, begins with him who had none. Thus Matthew, writing for Jews awaiting the son of Abraham and of David the son of Abraham, says: "The genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham" (1:1); and Mark, well aware of what he is writing, puts: "Beginning of the gospel" (1:1). But we find the whole end of the gospel in John; it is: "the Word that was in the beginning", the Word of God (1:1). Luke, too, keeps the most important and perfect discourses concerning Jesus for the one who leaned on Jesus' breast (Jn 13:35). None of them showed his divinity in so absolute a manner as John, who makes him say: "I am the light of the world", "I am the way, the truth and the life", "I am the resurrection", "I am the door", "I am the Good Shepherd" (8:12; 14:6; 11:25; 10:9.11) and, in the Apocalypse: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last" (22:13). 

So we must dare to say that the Gospels are the firstfruits of Scripture as a whole and that, from among the gospels, the first place belongs to John, whose meaning no one can grasp who has not leaned on Jesus' breast and received Mary for his mother from Jesus himself (Jn 19:27). . . When Jesus said to his mother: "Behold, your son" and not, "Behold, this man is also your son", it is as if he said to her: "Behold the son to whom you gave birth". Indeed, whoever has reached perfection "is no longer alive, but Christ lives in him" (Gal 2,20). . .  Do we still have to say what kind of intelligence is needed for us worthily to interpret the word laid in earthern treasures (cf. 2Cor 4,7) in plain language? in the letter that can be read by anyone at all? in the word that a word can make audible and that all who listen may hear? For, to interpret John's gospel accurately, we must be able to say: "As for us, we have the mind of Christ so that we may understand the things freely given us by God" (1Cor 2:16.12).