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Liturgical day: December 27th: John, apostle and evangelist

Gospel text (Jn 20,2-8): Mary of Magdala ran to Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved. And she said to them, «They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have laid him». Peter then set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala ran to Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved. And she said to them, «They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have laid him». Peter then set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down and saw the linen cloths lying flat, but he did not enter. Then Simon Peter came following him and entered the tomb; he, too, saw the linen cloths lying flat. The napkin, which had been around his head was not lying flat like the other linen cloths but lay rolled up in its place. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and believed.

Illustration: Fr. Miguel Rodríguez Ugalde (Miroug)

Today we pay St John our homage. He was the youngest of the Apostles and he is “guilty” for the last of the written Gospels. He was there, at the foot of the Cross standing by the Mother of Jesus. There, in a way, John went through his own “martyrdom”. God granted him the honor of being one of the witnesses to the Risen Christ. When he saw the empty tomb, he “believed”.

-He was at the foot of the Cross; he ran towards the tomb… that is the way one finds Jesus!