John was a fisherman with his father Zebedee and his brother James the Greater. When Our Lord called John to follow Him, John immediately left his nets, father, and home.
From that time, he remained very close to Jesus, witnessing along with Peter and James certain miracles and revelations—such as the Transfiguration—for which the other Apostles were not present.
After Jesus’ Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension, John stayed in Palestine for about twelve years, evangelizing there with the other Apostles. Eventually he went to preach in Ephesus, and from then on seems to have traveled a great deal, preaching, baptizing, and ministering to the new Catholic communities.
Near the end of the 1st century—shortly before he passed away—John wrote the Book of Revelation, the fourth Gospel, and his three epistles. The depth of his writing is so profound that he is symbolized by an eagle, soaring to the greatest theological and mystical heights.
John was unique from all the other Apostles in his relationship with Our Lord. It was John who watched at the foot of the Cross when all others fled. It was John who was charged to care for the Blessed Mother as her son. It was John who felt the beating Heart of the One Who loved the world so much He became man to redeem it.
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