Saturday, October 18th, 2008
The holy evangelists searched the wisdom of past ages. Through their gospels they confirmed the words of the prophets.
Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, the only gospel writer known not to have met the Lord. This is an interesting point to consider when pondering the fact that Luke is one of the more prolific evangelists. He composed not only his Gospel but also the Acts of the Apostles.
Because he is of Greek origin and a relative late-comer to the apostolic community, Luke, when he preaches Christ, feels compelled to tell more of the already traditional kerygma. He must explain how from the very beginning Christ’s life and work bore the marks of a universal mission. Only Christ’s universal focus could justify the fact that Luke, a gentile, would eventually come to share in the mission of the Apostles and serve the Church as an evangelist. Luke is careful to emphasize this universality in his Gospel.
To “incarnate” the point, Luke speaks not only of the universal ministry of Christ, but he also chronicles exactly how non-eyewitnesses and non-Jews like himself were brought into contact with the grace and truth of the Risen Christ. Hence the Acts of the Apostles, in which Luke traces the sometimes crooked lines of grace that connect the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus to his conversion through the preaching of St. Paul. Of course, Luke’s own conversion is not the only one that prompted his writing. In the Acts of the Apostles Luke delights in the story of every conversion to Christ and the continuous building up of the Church.
Click here for more details of St. Luke’s life and an excellent introduction to his writings.
Father, you chose Luke the evangelist to reveal by preaching and writing the mystery of your love for the poor. Unite in heart and spirit all who glory in your name, and let all nations come to see your salvation.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.