On 27 December, The First Sunday of Christmas, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 117, 1 John 1, John 21:19b-25.
Today we remember St John the Evangelist. In his Gospel, John refers to himself as ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’. In this statement we see that Jesus, God incarnate, was not aloof, somehow above human relationships, but very much able to relate to other humans with deep and genuine affection.
John was one of John the Baptist’s disciples. He and his brother James were the sons of Zebedee and were fishermen. It was while mending their nets in the boat with their father that the two brothers were spotted by Jesus and called to follow him. Without hesitation they did just that, leaving their father with his hired men. We know that John the Baptist pointed Jesus out and that Jesus was baptised by John, so perhaps James and John were hoping for an opportunity to get close to Jesus. Perhaps that’s why they so readily left their work and headed off to fish for people. Continue reading