Luke was born of a pagan family and converted to the true faith. He was the companion of the apostle Paul and wrote his Gospel in accordance with the apostle’s preaching. He also wrote the account of the early days of the Church; up to the time of Paul’s first sojourn in Rome, in the book called “The Acts of the Apostles”.
Luke experienced what it meant to be commissioned by God. He understood that from baptism on, every Christian is called to a mission – to respond to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, however small or large. It is often thought that mission applies only to those who are young, zealous, vigorous and who are willing to travel to far away places. But this can be a limiting view of God’s grand plan for His Church.
Mission can mean many things. It can mean honoring and praising God right where you are, thanking Him for all He has given us in Christ. It can mean bringing our children to know Jesus. If we are young, it can mean caring for the old. If we are older, it can mean praying for the young. It can involve writing to lawmakers in objection to legislation that is in direct violation of God’s plan. It can mean bearing witness to the lordship of Jesus in our daily lives. Any deed performed in love and joy can be a way of fulfilling our mission here on earth.
We are called to put the service of God first, to remove any obstacles or distractions that might prevent us from fulfilling our call. We are to proclaim the peace of Christ by allowing our example to infect others with the desire to love.
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 acknowledge Your name may continue to be one in mind and heart, and that all the nations may see Your salvation. Let me become like St. Luke who was dedicated to Your will and to building up the Body of Christ. 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 2017
A Christian Pilgrim