Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
First Reading: 1 John 1:1-4
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
Gospel: John 20:1-8
Today is the third day of Christmas and the Feast of Saint John, the Evangelist: the “disciple whom Jesus loved.”
In today’s First Reading, Saint John himself reminds us that it’s not enough for us to love God. In order for our joy in our faith to be complete we need to share it.
What better time to do that than Christmas?
All the hullabaloo that’s been going on since Halloween has just been a prelude. It’s been our time of preparation. For NOW. For Christmas.
And it is Christmas TODAY, just as much as it was two days ago. It’s Christmas tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. It’s Christmas everyday straight through until Thursday. And if you want to go old school you can keep right on celebrating until Twelfth Night on January 6th.
It’s the weekend, I know, and it’s tempting to start tidying up and moving on. But I’d encourage you to keep your tree up and your lights on and your decorations out and your carols playing. And, more importantly, to keep it Christmas in your heart as well as in your home.
How can we keep Christmas going? Well, by following the words and example of Saint John. His is a constant message of love and of fellowship. The best evangelization looks a lot like hospitality. Call up some friends and have them over for pizza and a bottle of wine. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life, or A Muppet Christmas Carol, or Home Alone. Have a game night or a White Elephant party where everyone brings their least favorite Christmas present to exchange.
Didn’t send out your Christmas cards? No problem. It’s still Christmas. You can send them now. Bring cookies to the neighbors. Or visit someone who needs visiting.
Share your joy, so your joy can be complete. Merry Christmas, ladies!
Kendra Tierney can be found tending nine chickens, seven children, and one husband in Los Angeles, CA. You can find out more about her here.