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Friday, October 18, 1996

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St. Luke

2 Timothy 4:9-17
Psalm 145
Luke 10:1-9

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this is your life

"I have no one with me but Luke." —2 Timothy 4:11

Luke left his profession as a doctor (Col 4:14) to tag along behind Paul on some of his missionary journeys. He had known that in following Jesus He was not assured of having a roof over his head (Lk 9:58). However, he still probably wasn't prepared for years of hunger, thirst, poverty, homelessness, manual labor, insult, persecution, and slander (1 Cor 4:11-13). He must have looked and felt like a failure on many occasions. However, after having put his hand to the plow, Luke did not look back (Lk 9:62). He persevered.

Luke also wrote down some of the preachings and teachings in the early Church and carefully arranged them in sequence (Lk 1:3). Luke thought that this might be helpful, especially to some of the Gentile Christians. Luke's Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles proved to be more than helpful. The Church discerned that what he wrote and compiled was the divinely inspired word of God. The Lord used Luke to write a large part of the New Testament. Luke's life is undoubtedly one of the most important lives in history.

Your obscure and difficult life will also be of eternal significance, if you do God's will.

Prayer:  Father, may I live a "life of faith" (Gal 2:20).

Promise:  "The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore ask the Harvest-Master to send workers to His harvest." —Lk 10:2

Praise:  Luke "carefully traced the whole sequence of events" in the life of Jesus and the growth of the Church. Because of his care and discernment, we know about the Annunciation, the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the good thief, Pentecost, and the growth of the Church. Praise You, Jesus, for the life of Luke!

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 2, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 1996