When Jesus predicted Peter’s denial, He also said “You will all fall away”. But if John was at the cross with Jesus, how did he fall away?
Fr. Francis' answer:
John’s gospel is the only account that mentions John being at the house of Annas to see Jesus condemned by the sanhedrin, and later on stood by Mary at the foot of the Cross. Here is a theory that I heard somewhere before:
“John, like all the rest of the apostles, did flee for his life after Jesus’ arrest. However, he was tasked with the duty of keeping Jesus’ mother Mary up to date. So before he went hiding, he went to inform Mary about Jesus’ arrest. Once Mary knew about it, however, she requested John to take her to Jesus. As a result, John could not run, since Mary refuse to be far from her son in his most crucial hours. Because of Mary, John became the only disciple who accompanied Jesus throughout His entire trial, passion, condemnation, crucifixion and death. John could represent the Church to stand near Jesus, all thanks to Mary, the most faithful disciple and the first companion of the Cross.”
We too must stand by Jesus.