Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist
(Feast Day 18 October)

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Saint Luke, inspired by an angel, paints the first Icon - by GOSSAERT, Jan (Mabuse) -
from Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

 

Luke 10:1-9

The Lord appointed a further seventy-two and sent them in pairs before Him to every town and place He intended to visit. He said to them: "The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore ask the harvest-master to send workers to his harvest. Be on your way, and remember: I am sending you as lambs in the midst of wolves. Do not carry a walking staff or traveling bag; wear no sandals and greet no one along the way. On entering any house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' If there is a peaceable man there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the one house eating and drinking what they have, for the laborer is worth his wage. Do not move from house to house.

"Into whatever city you go, after they welcome you, eat what they set before you, and cure the sick there. Say to them, 'The reign of God is at hand.'"

 

Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist

Saint Luke was one of the four evangelists, author of the Third Gospel that bears his name, and also of the Acts of the Apostles after Christ's resurrection.

luke.jpg (84912 bytes)Luke was born in Antioch in Syria, though his nationality was most-likely Greek. It was in Antioch that he studied medicine and became a physician. Having heard of the teachings of Jesus Christ, he became one of Christ's original disciples, though not one of the twelve apostles. His account of the Lord's appearance after His Resurrection before two disciples on the road to Emmas (only one is named) has led to the belief that Luke himself was one of those disciples. He later became Paul's companion on his missionary journeys to Greece and Rome. He was with Paul in Rome when the latter was martyred for his preachings. Nevertheless, he continued his missionary efforts throughout the towns along the Mediterranean Sea. Being the only non-Jew among the evangelists, his "eyewitness" Gospel emphasizes the universality of Jesus' message, that salvation belongs to all nations. Illustrating that point, his is the only Gospel to tell the story of the "Good Samaritan".

Likewise, the Gospel of Saint Luke is the only one to record Jesus' Ascension into Heaven as he reveals Christ's divine nature-- fully God, yet fully man. His full acount of the birth of both Jesus and John the Baptist is said to have come from Christ's mother, Mary, herself. In fact, Luke was also the Church's first iconographer, having painted (or "written" as the Church calls it) an icon of Mary that exists to this day.

Luke is believed to have written his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles between 70 and 80 A.D. while in Greece. It was there also that he fell asleep in the Lord, though the exact place of his death is not known. The Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist on October 18th.

 

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes)You became an apostle of the Word of God and a companion of Saint Paul; casting out the darkness of the world with the light of the Holy Gospel of Christ. Intercede with Him that our souls may be saved.

Amen