On the third day of Christmas… we celebrate John, Apostle and evangelist.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

to declare your steadfast love in the morning,

and your faithfulness by night,

My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;

my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,

and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

They are planted in the house of the Lord;

they flourish in the courts of our God.

In old age they still produce fruit;

they are always green and full of sap,

Psalm 92: 1-2, 11-14.

 

The 27this the day that we celebrate John, Apostle and Evangelist. Although it is unknown if John the Evangelist and John the Apostle were the same person, the Church honours John who proclaimed that Jesus is the Word who became flesh. Someone who was present at many events throughout Jesus’ ministry, and lived and died following in the footsteps of the Christ who he loved.

John’s faith can be likened to that described in the psalm above. He appeared to be solid in his faith and walked with reverence alongside Jesus of whom he described as the Word. He flourished in his ministry, with deep roots in the Scriptures.

The psalmist above describes how to thank God for His love and faithfulness, by giving back exactly that which is given freely in the first place. Morning and night. Those who walk in His paths are described as the righteous, who are growing in the house of the Lord.

If we hark back to Christmas Day where I spoke of living in God and yet also having God live within us, we too are planted in the house of the Lord, and are able to flourish in the courts of our God. I am thankful too of those of riper years who are still flourishing, producing fruit and appear to have enough energy to serve God.

I pray that God continues to supply the sap that each of us needs in our own unique way to interact with each other and to serve God in the way that He calls us. I pray for those who struggle and feel that they may not have as much energy as they did the day before or the week before. I thank God that through His Scriptures and our interaction with them that we too can be part of the dynamic of living in the house of God, yet also having God live within us.