St. John the Apostle
Today is the Feast of St. John the Apostle. He is also known as the “Beloved Disciple” and St. John the Divine, he is called this because of the theological depth of the writings attributed to him, the Gospel According to John, the Johannine Epistles and the Book of Revelation. His symbol is an eagle because theology “soars to lofty heights”.
John was part of Jesus’ “inner circle”, along with his brother, James, and Peter, and privy to a few events that many of the other Apostles weren’t, the Transfiguration, the raising of Jairus’ daughter, as examples.
According to tradition John went to live in the city of Ephesus and was revered by the Christian community.
He was the only one of the Apostles not to die as a martyr even though a number of attempts were made by the authorities. This is why he was exiled to the prison island of Patmos during the reign of Domitian. It was here on Patmos where he wrote the Book of Revelation.