Friday, October 19, 2012
Daily Mass Homily: Thursday, October 18th (Feast of St. Luke)
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Luke—the evangelist who wrote the Gospel according to Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. In a special way, Luke fulfills our Psalm this morning—“Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.” Luke did so by emphasizing in his ordered writings the poor, women, Samaritans and others who were considered weak in the world’s eyes.
St. Luke holds a special place in my heart as a symbol of the gift of the Sacred Scriptures God has given us. He is represented on my chalice, which my parents gave me for my ordination, with the symbol of the ox.
It is interesting to note that Luke probably did not know Jesus personally. At the same time, he can truly be called a friend of Jesus because Luke worked closely with St. Paul and Mary, the Mother of Jesus—two of Jesus’ greatest disciples. In a different passage, Jesus says, “No longer do I call you servants…I have called you friends…” No one would convert the world for a master. No one would die for a master. St. Luke not only contributed to the world’s conversion but also shed his blood for his friend.
We dare to live in friendship with Jesus Christ. In so doing we strive to evangelize our families, friends and coworkers, even if this costs our very lives.
St. Luke, pray for us!