I can’t think of a better day to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians and surgeons, than today.

It’s a big day for “our” Luke as the nurses reinsert his PICC line.  Browsing around, I found this great information on this beloved apostle.  But, you can read more here, too.

Luke’s inspiration and information for his Gospel and Acts came from his close association with Paul and his companions as he explains in his introduction to the Gospel: “Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus” (Luke 1:1-3).

Luke’s unique perspective on Jesus can be seen in the six miracles and eighteen parables not found in the other gospels. Luke’s is the gospel of the poor and of social justice. He is the one who tells the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man who ignored him. Luke is the one who uses “Blessed are the poor” instead of “Blessed are the poor in spirit” in the beatitudes. Only in Luke’s gospel do we hear Mary ‘s Magnificat where she proclaims that God “has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty” (Luke 1:52-53).

Luke also has a special connection with the women in Jesus’ life, especially Mary. It is only in Luke’s gospel that we hear the story of the Annunciation, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth including the Magnificat, the Presentation, and the story of Jesus’ disappearance in Jerusalem. It is Luke that we have to thank for the Scriptural parts of the Hail Mary: “Hail Mary full of grace” spoken at the Annunciation and “Blessed are you and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus” spoken by her cousin Elizabeth.

Forgiveness and God’s mercy to sinners is also of first importance to Luke. Only in Luke do we hear the story of the Prodigal Son welcomed back by the overjoyed father. Only in Luke do we hear the story of the forgiven woman disrupting the feast by washing Jesus’ feet with her tears. Throughout Luke’s gospel, Jesus takes the side of the sinner who wants to return to God’s mercy.

Reading Luke’s gospel gives a good idea of his character as one who loved the poor, who wanted the door to God’s kingdom opened to all, who respected women, and who saw hope in God’s mercy for everyone.

St. Luke the Evangelizer…pray for us!!

4 Comments

  1. Merrianne on October 18, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Spent Adoration on Friday reading Luke's Gospel, which you have summarized beautifully, and praying for Luke & Team Whitaker. May God Bless all of you.

  2. Alexis D. on October 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    love ya Luke!! Happy Feast Day!!

  3. Indiana Elephant on October 18, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    A candle is lit for Luke just outside OLMC's Adoration Chapel. I thought of all of you non-stop today at Mass as I had a rare experience of going alone and thus actually hearing the whole homily. OLMC's priest had a very moving commentary on the Feast of St. Luke, including his incredible work as an evangelist. While it doesn't alleviate the incredible pain you are all experiencing, it struck me with such awe as to how much your own little Luke has inspired so many…even those you will never know and many of whom are not Catholic…to pray and connect with Christ. Someone so little has such a tremendous impact, thanks to such an incredibly faithful family. Many prayers…

  4. jennifer on October 19, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Go Luke, you inspire us all and we're praying for you! Yeah Team Whitaker! Love and Blessings, Jim, Jennifer, Gabriel & Joshua Haley

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