The Feast of St. Luke ~ Br. Igor Kalinski, Novice

St_Luke_imageSaint Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile in Antioch , Syria. He was a physician and it is believed that he may also been a slave, as it was not uncommon in his day for slaves to be educated in medicine so the family would have a resident-physician. Luke became a close companion of Saint Paul of Tarsus and acompanied him on his missionary journeys.It is very possible that Luke provided medical assistance to Paul when he had been beaten, stoned, or nearly drowned while evangelizing to the Western Roman Empire. Luke is the only Gentile to have written books in the Bible. He is the writer of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles and his writings have been proven to the historically accurate.

In the third Gospel  is the Hymn of Blessed Virgin Mary of God, which is very special to me.  What a beautiful sparkle of light for us to follow her example of how she followed Christ her Son!  In his Gospel Luke writes very beautifully of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and  Luke emphasizes Christ´s compassion for sinners and for all those who suffer, with a strong emphasizes  of the role woman played in Christ´s ministry.

By the Christian Tradition we know that he is the first one who painted icons of the Holy Mother. Saint Luke has made known to us a way how to follow Christ with examples of and adoration and veneration giving honor to the Mother that gave us her Son to be the salvation of all humanity. It is only of the Gospel of Luke that contains the stories of Mary´s Annunciation, her visit to Elizabeth; The Magnificat; The presentation, and Jesus remaining in Jerusalem. In Luke´s Gospel we learn the words to pray ” Hail Mary full of grace” and Elizabeth´s words to Mary “Blessed are you and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus”.

It is believed that Luke lived a long life and died in c.74 in Greece. He is patron saint of physicians, surgeons, artists, doctors, painters, sculptors and unmarried men.

Prayer to Saint Luke:

Most charming and saintly Physician, you were animated by the heavenly Spirit of Love, In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, you also showed his divinity and his genuine compassion for all human beings. Inspire our physicians with your professionalism and with the divine compassion for the patients. Enable them to cure the ills of both body and spirit and afflict so many in our day.Amen

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