St. Luke — Evangelist October 18

St. Luke, by profession a physician, was a companion of St. Paul on his missionary travels. He is symbolically represented as an ox because he begins his Gospel with the account of the priesthood of Zacharias and because the ox was usually the victim in the sacrifices of the old law.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that the great gift we have received from Thy holy altar, may through the prayers of the blessed Luke, Thine Evangelist, sanctify our souls and be our reliance. — Postcommunion

The Imitation of Christ
If only thy heart were right, then every created thing would be to thee a mirror of life and a book of holy teaching.
Ideal
Physician and painter that he was, you notice the little details he gives in the Gospel story. For instance, he is the one who tells that our Lord slept on a pillow that night in the boat. As you read his Gospel, you find he seems to paint the pictures for us, to help us live with our Lord as we read the story.
Today
Try to imagine what it would mean to you if you knew nothing of the loveliest story in the world, the story of Christ’s life on earth. Then, say a prayer of thanksgiving, first for your faith, and then for the sanctity and skill of St. Luke in writing his version of the story of Jesus among men.
Slogan
These things are written that, believing, you may have life. — St. John