Today, we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Luke, Gospel writer and doctor. Luke wrote both the Gospel According to Luke and Acts of the Apostles. Yet, Luke, himself, was not an Apostle. He learned of Jesus’ message via tradition, as did many people of the day, in circa 85 A.D. It is Saint Paul who refers to Saint Luke, in several places throughout Saint Paul’s epistles. Saint Paul refers to Saint Luke as his beloved friend and co-worker (Col 4:14, Phlm v24, and 2 Tim 4:11). Through the teachings from Saint Paul, as well as the writings of the Gospel of Saint Mark, Luke crafted his two masterpieces.
Saint Luke, A Man Filled with Compassion
Of the four Gospels, Luke provides us with the gentlest of approaches, with words filled with compassion and care. Writing in Greek for Gentile Christians, Luke crafted a message of mercy and forgiveness; calling on the faithful to be Christ-like. In Acts, Saint Luke gives us a ring-side seat to the earliest trials and tribulations of the Church. Acts documents several major decisions of the early Church leadership. For example, Peter decided after visiting with Cornelius, a Gentile, that it is appropriate for Jews to associate with Gentiles. To date, this had been discouraged, because Gentiles ate food that Jews considered unclean. But Peter came to see, via a vision, that it is not what we put in our mouths that makes us unclean, but what comes out of our mouths (Acts 10:9-29). In this passage, we see Luke’s gentle nature in delivering the message of conversion of the Gentiles.
Saint Luke, an Evangelist for Conversion
Much of Acts documents the journey of Saint Paul; a true conversion story, going from the murderous Saul to becoming the Saintly Apostle of Christ. When I teach RCIA classes, for those wishing to convert to Catholicism, I highly encourage people to get acquainted with the Bible by first reading the Gospels, especially the Gospel of Luke, and then read Acts. It is there, that the soul experiencing conversion, truly meets Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Thank you, Saint Luke, for continuing to convert souls to Christ 2000+ years later. Nice job! Keep up the good work!
Saint Luke, pray for us.
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