The evangelist Luke was not one of the original Apostles. He was a convert, a second generation Christian. He wrote “Luke-Acts” for Gentile Christians, or perhaps for Jewish Christians, to show the reach of God’s love beyond the Jewish people. The story of salvation history that begins in the first chapter of his Gospel with Zechariah in the Temple ends with the Apostles gathered in Jerusalem and ends with Paul in Rome. Thus, Luke shows the movement of the Gospel from a small band of Jewish Christians into the wide Gentile world.
The reading from the second letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:10-17) speaks about the problems of an Apostles and a missionary. Paul describes his loneliness and the extent to which he was dependent on others. The same point is made in the Gospel reading as the Lord sends out the seventy two (Luke 10:1-9). There is a stewardship theme to these readings. Some people dedicate themselves completely and absolutely to the extension of the Gospel message. Others assist them with time, money and resources. Both are part of the Gospel’s expansion.
Today, the Gospel continues to move outward geographically and inward personally into the lives of people. Missionaries and those who aid them remain vitality important to the Gospel’s growth.
Prayer: Lord God, You chose Saint Luke to reveal the mystery of Your love for the poor in his preaching and his writings. Grant that those who already acknowlege Your name may continue to be one in mind and heart, and that all the nations may see Your salvation. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 18 October 2018
A Christian Pilgrim