|One of His disciples, the one whom Jesus loved was reclining as Jesus' side. ~John 13:23b|
Within the Gospel According to John, readers can find five references to a disciple that Jesus had a special love for:
One of His disciples, the one whom Jesus loved was reclining at Jesus' side.
When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son."
So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved …
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord."
Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved …
Tradition and most Biblical scholars assert that this beloved disciple is the same as the author of the Gospel … John the Evangelist (a.k.a. John the Apostle, John the son of Zebedee, John the brother of James, A Son of Thunder).
A neat YouTube clip on the life of St. John the Beloved Disciple:
The Feast of St. John the Evangelist is December 27.