Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Beloved Physician

Saint Luke the Evangelist

He wasn't one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He was a Greek physician and an outsider of sorts - a Gentile. Luke was Saint Paul's travel companion and according to the Acts of the Apostles, he was with Paul when he was shipwrecked on the Island of Malta, and was also apparently with Paul at Paul's martyrdom.

Luke gave us the second Gospel which includes a birth narrative and many stories of Jesus' miracles of healing. Luke continued his Gospel by writing the Acts of the Apostles, much of which is about the missionary journeys of St. Paul, which Luke relates in the first person plural.

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

In peace,
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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