Feast Day of St. LukeEvangelist
It is fitting that St. Luke has the title, Evangelist. The gospel reading for today, his feast, is Luke 10:1-9. Simply, it is the commissioning of the seventy-two. Jesus sends them out like “lambs among wolves.” Jesus also says, “Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’“
Reflecting on this passage, contemplate the patient trust and faith necessary for God’s work. Do you possess this faith?
On this feast of St. Luke, let us ask him to pray for us to increase our faith so that we may go forth like those commissioned by Jesus.