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Foundations For Our Future #49

Foundations for Our Future (49)

by: The Reverened Dr. Jon Shuler

Today is the third day of Christmas, and this year the Sunday after Christmas took the place of another ancient day of memory in the church’s life. In most years the 27th of December is marked as the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. The one to whom we owe so much, as the author of the Gospel of John.

There is no certainty about the date of his work, but it is almost universally believed that he wrote his gospel last of the four. He was uniquely qualified to do so, as he was one of the first of the disciples to follow Jesus, and he was known among them to be particularly close to the Lord. His friends called him “the beloved disciple.”

Without his gospel, there is so much we would not know. Almost one fourth of it tells the story of the last night Jesus spent with his disciples, at the final supper. The extended teaching he gave them, and through them gives us, is almost without parallel in the New Testament. (John 13-17)

He is also associated with Christmastide for another indirect reason. He was asked by Jesus to take care of Mary after his death. “From that hour [John] took her to his own home.” (John 19:27)

Mary was a widow by then, and the church has ever since had a special care for widows. Is there someone in your life whose widowhood you are meant to relieve?