The parade of feasts that take place during the Christmas season do seem to be of particular interest to me this season, especially with my preoccupation of contemplating their reason for being chosen for this festive season. Today, it is the feast of Saint John. John is the brother of James the greater, and both are the sons of Zebedee. John was one of the Apostle that were within Jesus’s inner circle, he was present at the Transfiguration and at the raising of Jairus’s daughter. John also is known as the beloved disciple, and I think that this is one hint of why his feast day occurs during the festival of Christmas. John, the disciple of Christ, is always near to the Lord. He is sent to prepare for the last supper, and at that supper he sits beside his Lord. John is present at the Agony in the Garden, a the palace when Christ is arrested, and he stands at the foot of the cross. He is the one Christ spoke to when Jesus said “Son, behold your mother, and Mother behold your son.” John is the devoted disciple, and the one that is known simply as “the beloved disciple.” John is the one that teaches us, and reminds us that we too are beloved disciples of Jesus. John is the one that teaches us to always be near Jesus, and not to abandon Him when things get rough. As the guardian of Mary ,can one follow John’s example as a guardians of the Church? John is called by Christ the beloved disciple, giving reminder why Christ entered this world at the Nativity; it was an expression of Gods love for man. We too are beloved by Christ, and can learn to be true disciples through the examples of John.