⏰Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist (18 October 2019)
📖2 Tim 4:10-17ab; Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 17-18 (R.v.12a); Luke 10:1-9
Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Luke the evangelist. He was a physician (cf. Col 4:14) by profession but went on to become a companion of St. Paul during his missionary journeys. There seems to be a consensus that the evangelist Luke did not meet Jesus in person but when he came in contact with the Christian message, he allowed himself to be transformed by it.
In the second account of the Missionary journeys in the Gospel, we were informed that Jesus sent out the disciples in pairs (Luke 10:1). That must have taught St. Luke the value of companionship, such that when every other companion of St. Paul abandoned him, St. Luke remained with him even when death was imminent (2Tim 4:9-11). Today’s celebration is equally an invitation for us to join in that missionary train.
Like St. Luke who was a good career man – a physician – before he embraced the faith and used his profession in supporting the ministry of Paul, we too can use our talents, time and treasures to support the work of evangelization in our today. All that is required is devotion and faithfulness to that which we do, no matter how little. St. Paul referred to St. Luke as “fellow-labourer” or “assistant” in Philemon 24 and a “beloved physician” in Col 4:14 because of that. Maybe he assisted St Paul in alleviating the pains caused by the thorn in his flesh (cf. 2 Cor 12:7) – if the thorn was really a kind of sickness. Whatever, we can say for sure that he offered great to the missionary enterprise.
Can you still be that humble in using your exalted office to become an evangelizer? Can you be faithful in that ministry even in the midst of crisis and lack? An ideal friend is one who stays with you both in time of success and in time of pain or failure. That is what Christ did for us. He expect even more from you and me.
May God bless all pastoral assistants, who contribute their treasure, time and talent in the support of the work of evangelization. Amen.
Have a blessed day ahead. Peace be with you.