Tell of John, his nets extended
as he fished the human sea,
casting lines of faith and pardon
far away from Galilee.
Here, with nets of love spread wide,
draw the world, Lord, to your side.
Tell of John whose eyes were opened
to God's power in Christ to save:
life transfigured on the mountain,
death defeated at the grave.
Here shed light that all may see
you at work, Lord, setting free.
Tell of John whom Jesus trusted
in the garden, at the cross,
calling him to share the anguish
and to lighten Mary's loss.
Here may others hope regain;
ours their thirst, Lord, ours their pain.
Tell of John, his courage tested
by opponents of God's word;
persecution, prison, exile--
still he witnessed, undeterred.
Here let truth enfleshed in deed
worldly claims, Lord, supersede.
Tell of John, his Gospel echoed
in the Church's prayer and praise:
Word of God in the beginning,
Word of God for all our days.
Here to all give life anew,
here in all, Lord, grace renew.