I, John

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Introduction: Growing up in Capernaum

From childhood, John, "the disciple whom Jesus loved," lived in Capernaum. His father Zebedee was a fisherman; his mother Salome was probably a sister of Mary the mother of Jesus.

A passion for religion, priests in the family

John, like any Jewish boy of his time, began studying the Torah at the synagogue under a teacher with other young boys around the age of five

Drawn to John the Baptist, the disciple whom Jesus loved

The sons of Zebedee the fisherman and the son of Zachary the priest were probably relatives, but they were not drawn together simply by ties of flesh and blood. The Baptist's words and way of life moved John deeply when they met.

Memories told only by John

Through John we know the stories of the wedding at Cana in Galilee, the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well, the cure of the man born blind, the raising of Lazarus from the dead, and other incidents not mentioned in the synoptic Gospels.

The scene on Calvary

John realized that the worst had happened

With Peter at the Tomb, at Samaria, at Ephesus

Filled with new graces by the Holy Spirit, the two disciples who discovered the empty tomb became two apostles of Christ's resurrection.

What the New Testament and Christian tradition say about John

None of the apostles inspired as many stories as John did.

Rest for a soaring eagle

They say that when John was an old man...

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