The Church celebrates another saint. This time it is Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist, John who walked and talked with Jesus, who fell asleep in the garden, stayed with him at the cross, witnessed the transfiguration, recognised him as the Christ, was known as ‘the beloved disciple’. John; whose words from the first chapter of his Gospel would have been read out in Churches around the world as the Christmas Gospel. No shepherds, no angels, or star for magi to follow, no journey to Bethlehem or manger, but without a doubt the true story of Christmas.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.