St Luke the Evangelist
On Friday this week it will be the Feast of St Luke the Evangelist. St Luke was a Greek Doctor who was a convert to Christianity and a disciple of St Paul. He wrote the third Gospel in the New Testament and the Book of Acts. He was a Gentile and his style of writing his Gospel contains some of the most moving and wonderful parables of Jesus including the parable of the prodigal son. St Paul refers to him in his later letters as the “Beloved Physician”.
All we know of him comes to us from the New Testament accounts. As an Evangelist St Luke proclaims boldly the message of the Gospel – the Good News of Jesus and the unconditional, never failing love of God for all people.
In the wonderful manuscript known as the ‘Book of Kells’ which is housed in Trinity College Library in Dublin, there are four symbols of the Four Evangelists, St Matthew the Man; St Mark the Lion, St Luke the Calf and St John the Eagle. St Luke’s symbol, being that of the calf is one of gentleness, docility and meekness, which are fruits of the Holy Spirit.
In the Old and New Testaments, the Gospel writers who are the revelators of the One True King and Messiah, Our Lord Jesus Christ, are portrayed in the following scripture verses. These strange descriptions of Man, Lion, Calf and Eagle are found in the first chapter of the book of the prophet Ezekiel, and the fourth chapter of the Book of Revelation or Apocalypse written by St John the Evangelist. St John was the only member of the 12 Disciples of Jesus who faithfully stood by His cross and stayed with Jesus as He died.
You chose Luke the Evangelist to reveal
by preaching and writing
the mystery of Your love for the poor.
Unite in one heart and spirit
all who glory in Your Name,
and let all nations come to see Your salvation.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.