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Last Sunday, October 18, was the Feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist. Luke was not one of the 12 disciples whom Jesus called during his earthly ministry. Luke was a Greek physician whom Jesus called through the ministry of St. Paul. Luke accompanied Paul on some of his missionary journeys and proved to be an accurate witness to what he saw and heard as he encountered members of the first Christian communities, and investigated the stories about Jesus—God in the flesh. Thankfully, Luke used his talents as a physician and historian to carefully record his findings in two books.

During the latter part of the 1st century AD Luke wrote the books we know as The Gospel According to Luke, and The Acts of the Apostles. These two books contain more than half the words found in the New Testament. Luke was an artist with words, as well as an artist with paint, according to ancient tradition. He is the patron of doctors and surgeons as well as artists.

We give thanks to God for the historical narrative of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our compassionate Lord and Saviour, which Luke was inspired to write.

Bible Reading: Colossians 4:14; 2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 1:24, as well as Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1