Whose Side Are You On? – Those Who Witnessed the Passion
– by Carlos Mantica
XVII. The Apostle John
Next to Mary the Magdalene there is a young lad. He is the youngest of the apostles, to whom the Lord will then grant reaching such an old age, that the word was passed on that he would never die. This is the apostle John, the mystic and poet in the group.
Everything in him speaks to us about his youth. In Gethsemane the guards want to arrest him, grabbing him from his clothes, and then, just as we used to do in our games as children, he puts off his clothes and runs naked, leaving the guard with the clothes in his hands. But this has been more of a strategic withdrawal than a flight. Together with Peter, he follows the Lord from a distance, and with Peter, he enters the house of Annas. He is the one who best narrates all the events of that night.
It is he who at some point notifies Mary about all that is taking place and accompanies her along the Via Dolorosa and up to the foot of the cross. He will never separate from her anymore. When he hears from Mary the Magdalene the news of the resurrection, he is the first to arrive at the tomb because he outran Peter.
John stays next to his Master all the time. Even though there is nothing he can do, he never denies him or forsakes him.
Carlos Mantica is a founder of The City of God community (La Cuidad de Dios) in Managua, Nicaragua, and a founding leader of the Sword of the Spirit. He served as president of the Sword of the Spirit between 1991 and 1995. Adapted from the book, From Egghead to Birdhood (hatch or rot as a Christian), © copyright 2001 Carlos Mantica.