St. Luke, Evangelist, Friday – 18th October 2021 — Gospel: Lk 10,1-9
Luke is a learned Greek physician, artist and evangelist, who wrote the memorable two-volume works in the New Testament: the “third” Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. In the two books he shows the parallel between the life of Christ and that of the Church. He probably never met Jesus in person. Yet, he apparently had close contact with many eye witnesses and followers of Jesus, possibly including Jesus’ mother, Mary, John, Peter and Paul. He is the only Gentile Christian among the Gospel writers, who brings universalistic themes in proclaiming the Gospel. In his Gospel, he manifests the great compassion and loving mercy of Jesus for all people.
Tradition holds Luke to be a native of Antioch, and Paul calls him “our beloved physician” (Col 4,14). Luke appears in Acts during Paul’s second journey, remains at Philippi for several years until Paul returns from his third journey, accompanies Paul to Jerusalem and remains near him when he is imprisoned in Caesarea. During these two years, Luke had time to seek information and interview persons who had known Jesus. He accompanied Paul on the dangerous journey to Rome where he remained as a faithful companion. He is obviously a trusted friend who brings comfort and compassion to Paul, who writes “only Luke is with me” (2 Time 4,11).