St Luke History
This day celebrates the life of St. Luke, one of Jesus' 12 disciples. Luke was thought to be an educated Gentile, or non-Jew, and may have even been a physician. Some biblical historians believe he may have even been a slave.
Luke wrote two books in the New Testament -- the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. The Gospel of Luke focuses on converting non-Jews to Christianity.
St Luke Facts
- Luke worked with the apostle Paul, and traveled with him throughout Asia Minor, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
- The Gospel of Luke describes a popular passage referred to as the 'The Parable of the Good Samaritan'. In it a traveling man is attacked by robbers who strip and beat him. A priest and a Levite pass by without helping him. A Samaritan stops and cares for him, taking him to an inn where the Samaritan pays for his care. (Luke 10:25-37)
- What became of Luke is unclear. Some accounts say he was martyred, while others say that he lived to an old age and died in Greece.
- The feast Day for St. Luke is held on October 18 in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox Church and some Protestant churches. The Orthodox church refer to this day as the Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke.
St Luke Top Events and Things to Do
- Read the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke. This is the story that is most often read at Christmas time about the birth of Jesus Christ.
- Read the popular 'Parable of the Good Samaritan'. Use this to inspire you to go out of your comfort zone to help someone in need.
- Some traditions believe that St. Luke, in addition to being a writer and physician, was a painter. Do a little artwork today to honor the saint.
- Go get a check up. Luke was a physician. Take care of your body in honor of St. Luke.