What ever happened to John the Beloved? Was he murdered like the other apostles? What does it mean in the Bible when they say he "tarried"?
|What happened to St. John the Apostle?|
|Q||What ever happened to John the Beloved? Was he murdered like the other apostles? What does it mean in the Bible when they say he "tarried"?|
|- L. B.|
The ancient tradition of the Church is that St. John the Apostle was the only Apostle not to have suffered martyrdom. The truth of the matter though, is, that with the exception of St. Peter and the one St. James, we really don't have any historical information on the fates of the Apostles. The various traditions that we do have were written at least a century (often much later) after their deaths. If you want to learn more on the traditions associated with the Apostles visit this website: http://www.12apostlesofthecatholicchurch.com.
When the Fourth Gospel speaks of Jesus 'tarrying' it is referring to the delay in the Lord's return. The first generation of Christians expected that the Lord was going to return within their lifetime. As that first generation began to die off and Jesus hadn't returned the Christians spoke of Him 'tarrying.'
|- Fr Bob|