The Beloved Disciple

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:

John 13:23
One of His disciples, the one whom Jesus loved was reclining at Jesus' side.

John 19:26
When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son." 

John 20:2a
So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved

John 21:7a
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord."

John 21:20a
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.