John the apostle
John came from an ordinary background: his father and brothers were fishermen, and he expected to go into the family business. But one day he met Jesus, and that changed everything. John was just a young man, but the charismatic teacher from Galilee called him to follow, and he downed tools and went without a backwards glance.
According to tradition, he was hardly more than a boy at the time. He was quick-tempered and impulsive – Jesus called him and his older brother James the ‘sons of thunder’ because of their tempers. Despite this, or maybe because of it, Jesus loved and trusted him.
John was present at some of the key moments in Jesus’ life
After Jesus died, John became one of the main leaders of the early Christian church. He may have been the author of John’s Gospel; if so, he was a poet and a man of brilliant intellect.
What message can we take from his story? Knowledge of Jesus and his teachings, and acceptance of them, can transform an ordinary life into something quite extraordinary.