Sunday, April 29, 2012

April 30: St. Luke, Evangelist

Saint Luke, Evangelist
By the Pollard Family

Saint Luke was born in Antioch, Syria. He was a Greek doctor and the writer of the third gospel and also of The Acts of the Apostles. He was the only non-Jewish writer in the bible. He was the earliest convert to Christianity following Jesus death and resurrection, having never met Jesus or hearing him preach. Saint Luke worked closely with Saint Peter, going on many journeys with him. His writings contain observations of sufferings, showing that he was gentle and sensitive. He was very respectful of the Virgin Mary. Saint Luke emphasizes gentle aspects of faith. He repeats the most moving parables that Jesus told to show examples of goodness and kindness. Forgiveness and God's mercy to sinners are also of the utmost importance to him. Reading his gospels gives us a good idea of who he was. He loved the poor. He wanted the door to God's kingdom opened to all and saw hope in God's mercy for everyone.

It is not known when and how he died. According to tradition he died in Boeotia at the age of 84. His feast day is October 18. He is the patron saint of doctors, surgeons and painters. His symbol is the ox, which represents the nativity and sacrifice of Jesus.

Saint Luke wants us to show compassion to others, help the poor, sinners, and people who are suffering. He encourages us to follow Jesus's teaching to be kind and good to each other, showing forgiveness. He demonstrates not judging anyone and respecting everyone. He would want us to have an open heart and to love and respect all of God's children.

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