Monday, 18 October 2021

Luke the Evangelist - 18 October 2021

Today the Church celebrates the life and ministry of Luke the Evangelist

Luke was a dear friend of the apostle Paul, and is mentioned by him three times in his Letters.

Paul describes him as ‘the beloved physician’ and, in his second Letter to Timothy, as his only companion in prison.

He is believed to be the author of two books of the New Testament, firstly the gospel which stands in his name and also the Acts of the Apostles.

Luke’s narrative of the life of Christ has a pictorial quality and shows the sequential pattern from the nativity through to the death and resurrection. The developed sense of theology that comes over in Paul’s writings is virtually unknown in those of Luke but, as a Gentile, Luke makes clear that the good news of salvation is for all, regardless of gender, social position or nationality.

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