ST. LUKE, a physician at Antioch, and a painter, became a convert of St. Paul, and afterwards his fellow-laborer. He is best known to us as the historian of the New Testament. Though not an eye-witness of Our Lord's life, the Evangelist diligently gathered information from the lips of the apostles, and wrote, as he tells us, all things in order. The acts of the Apostles were written by this Evangelist as a sequel to his Gospel, bringing the history of the Church down to the first imprisonment of St. Paul at Rome. The humble historian never names himself, but by his occasional use of "we" for "they" we are able to detect his presence in the scenes which he describes. We thus find that he sailed with St. Paul and Silas from Troas to Macedonia; stayed behind apparently for seven years at Philippi, and, lastly, shared the shipwreck and perils of the memorable voyage to Rome. Here his own narrative ends, but from St. Paul's Epistles we learn that St. Luke was his faithful companion to the end. He died a martyr's death some time afterwards in Achaia.
Reflection. —Christ has given all He had for thee; do thou give all thou hast for Him.
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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ps. 138, 17
To ME thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Ps. 138, 1, 2. Lord, thou hast proved me, and known me: thou hast known my sitting down and rising up. Glory be …
May Luke, Thy holy evangelist, O Lord, we beseech Thee, intercede in our behalf, who for the honor of Thy name bore continually in his body the mortification of the cross. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 2 Cor. 8, 16-24
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[He exhorts them to contribute bountifully to relieve the poor of Jerusalem.]
BRETHREN, I give thanks to God, Who hath given the same carefulness for you in the heart of Titus, for indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more careful, of his own will he went unto you. We have sent also with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel through all the churches; and not that only, but he was also ordained by the churches companion of our travels for this grace, which is administered by us, to the glory of the Lord, and our determined will: avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us.
For we forecast what may be good not only before God, but also before men. And we have sent with them our brother also, whom we have often proved diligent in many things; but now much more diligent, with much confidence in you, either for Titus, who is my companion and fellow-laborer towards you, or our brethren, the apostles of the churches, the glory of Christ. Wherefore show ye to them, in the sight of the churches, the evidence of your charity, and of our boasting on your behalf.
Gradual • Ps. 18, 5, 2
Their sound went forth into all the earth: and their words to the ends of the world. The heavens show forth the glory of God; and the firmament declareth the words of His hands.
Alleluia, alleluia. John 15, 16. I have chosen you out of the world, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit: and your fruit should remain. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 10, 1-9
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ sends forth and instructs his seventy-two disciples. The good Samaritan.]
At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and he sent them two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself was to come. And he said to them, The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send laborers into His harvest. Go, Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house; and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. And in the same house, remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick that are therein; and say to them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Offertory • Ps. 138, 17
To me Thy friends, O God, are exceedingly honorable; their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
By THY celestial gifts grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to serve Thee with willing hearts, that the offerings we bring may, through the intercession of blessed Luke, Thine evangelist, procure for us both our healing and our glory. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 19, 28
You who have followed Me, shall sit upon seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
GRANT, we beseech thee, O almighty God, that what we have received from Thy holy altar may, by the prayers of Thy blessed evangelist, Luke, sanctify our souls, whereby we may be made secure. Through our Lord.