The Life of St. Luke

The Life Of St. Luke
Dr. Jackie Kerr

St. Luke, "the beloved physician" (Col 4:14), was born at Antioch, Syria, and as tradition holds, he was a slave as well as a Greek and Gentile. We know little about his conversion but know he was intimately involved in the Evangelization with St. Paul, ultimately enduring imprisonment and sufferings alongside him (2Tim 4:11). Although some say he was martyred, others say he lived a long life, dying at age 84, after writing his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.

What we do know about St. Luke is acquired through the distinctive insights presented in his Gospel. The Gospel of Luke contains 6 miracles and 18 parables found nowhere else. The parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man shows a special affinity toward the poor. The parable of the Prodigal Son proclaims the importance of forgiveness. The parable of The Good Samaritan instructs on the need for mercy and for love of the Gentile. His belief in the dignity of woman is demonstrated in his descriptions of the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Presentation, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, and in his penning of the scriptural portions of the Hail Mary (Luke 1:42).

This unique version of the life of Jesus proclaims the marvelous story through the eyes of two but inseparable men? the man of faith and the healer are perfectly intertwined. This is our calling as well?that our profession be indistinguishable from our vocation.

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