MERCIFUL Lord, we beseech you to cast your bright beams of light upon your Church, that it, being enlightened by the doctrine of your blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may so walk in the light of your truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALMIGHTY God, who has given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we, being regenerate and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit forever, one God, world without end.
Exodus 33:18-23; Psalm 92:11-14; 1 John 1; John 21:19-25
Just as, on Christmas Day, we read from the Gospel of John about the Light that was coming into the world, so today do we see the light of Christ in the reading from John’s epistle – the Church is called to “walk in the light.” Using the Old Testament story of Moses preparing to see God’s glory, this holiday reminds us that John, as one of the Apostles, saw Jesus face to face, and learned from him for three years as one of his closest friends. This didn’t make John perfect (for in the Gospel it’s pointed out that John would still die someday), but it did make him a powerful witness and teacher of the faith. Today’s Psalm describes the kind of man that John became: a righteous man who bore fruit even to old age. This holiday reminds us to sit at the feet of St. John and listen to his witness of our Savior, Christ Jesus.