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Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist

October 18, 2010

St. Luke Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Luke, the writer of the Gospel as well as the Acts of the Apostles.

St. Luke, whose name means “Bringer of Light,” was born a pagan in Antioch and was very  possibly was a slave. He likely did not witness Christ’s life personally and we know nothing of his conversion, but we see in Acts that he joined up with St. Paul at Troas around 51 AD and helped him evangelize Greece and Rome.

Luke is the loyal comrade who stays with Paul when he is imprisoned in Rome about the year 61: “Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers” (Philemon 1:24). And after everyone else deserts Paul in his final imprisonment and sufferings, it is Luke who remains with Paul to the end: “Only Luke is with me” (2 Timothy 4:11).  — Source

Luke’s Gospel contains 6 miracles and 18 parables not found in the other Gospel writings. It is only in Luke’s gospel that we hear the story of the Angel’s visit to Mary, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, Mary’s Magnificat, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and Jesus’ disappearance in Jerusalem. It is only Luke who tells the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. It is only Luke who relates the story of the Prodigal Son. And it is only Luke who tells us about the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears.

We don’t know definitively when or how he died, although some accounts indicate he was martyred. His relics reside in Italy and Greece and have produced many miracles.

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