HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ST. LUKE, EVANGELIST.
THEME: About this Greek Doctor!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 18 2022.
2 Tim.4:10-17; Luke 10:1-9
It’s not unusual for hospitals to be named after St Luke (when I was still in the Campus at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, today was a big day for us at St Luke’s Chaplaincy, ISTH, Irrua). This is because Luke was a Greek doctor converted to Christianity. Being Paul’s companion, he wrote his gospel from St. Paul’s teachings. He is also believed to have written the Acts of the Apostles. St Luke wrote primarily for the Gentiles, which is why he takes time to explain Jewish customs and traditions in his works.
In the first reading today, only Luke is with Paul. The Apostle Paul complains that he has been deserted by others. Paul goes on to warn Timothy about Alexander the coppersmith, who was a thorn in their flesh. In the gospel, Luke gives us an insight into the ministry of disciples, who are sent ‘like sheep in the midst of wolves’, without possessions and riches. He reminds us that disciples take the message of Christ everywhere. They bring peace, heal the sick, and remind all that God’s kingdom is close at hand. We pray today for the strength anf courage to be true disciples, Amen.
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead. Happy Feast of St Luke!