St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist

The beloved disciple, son of Zebedee, who, at Peter’s behest, leaned on his Master’s breast at the Last Supper to enquire whom was the one who would betray Him.  Brother of James, they were known as “Boanerges” or “sons of thunder” perhaps because he wanted to call down fire on the Samaritans who rejected their Master.  Author of the fourth, mystical, Gospel, three Letters in the New Testament and the Book of Revelation, or Apocalypse, he was given to Mary as her son, and she was given to him as mother (of the Church).  Legend has it that he was plunged into a cauldron of boiling oil from which he escaped unscathed.

Picture: St. John the Evangelist by Zampieri (1621–29)

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