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FEAST, ST. LUKE, EVANGELIST
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FEAST, ST. LUKE, EVANGELIST
Oct 17, 2005
Thank you so much for all your prayer support and condlolences for my brtoher +Ordonio who passed away Sunday, October 16, 2005, on the day of my 50th birthday. -Fr. Rick, DH Moderator
OCTOBER 18, 2005
FEAST, ST. LUKE, EVANGELIST
TUESDAY 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
2 TIMOTHY 4:10-17
Beloved: Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Luke is the only one with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is helpful to me in the ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. You too be on guard against him, for he has strongly resisted our preaching. At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it.
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no moneybag, 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 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.'"
St. Luke was the only Gentile among the four evangelists. Because of him, we have gotten to know much about Jesus' nativity, his ministry, passion, and resurrection. We also learned a great deal about the mission works of Sts. Peter and Paul through Luke's Acts of the Apostles. Luke's contributions to the New Testament and to the growth of the Church are invaluable.
But perhaps we should be reminded that Luke was more a disciple than a writer. He was more of a companion and friend than a historian or fiery missionary. This is seen in the 2nd book of Timothy. At the height of Paul's loneliness, Luke was with him. We know that Luke was a doctor of medicine and most probably treated the people who were sick during his ministry and travels from town to town.
Such was Luke that we can gather with confidence that he met every qualification he himself wrote in today's Gospel. He was probably meek as a lamb and did not have much he could call his own. Yet he went with Paul and the other disciples from town to town and through the far reaches of the Roman Empire. He was also most likely a vibrant member of each of all of the Christian communities.
Let us thank God for Luke not only because he documented the activities of Jesus and the Apostles, but also for because he was a great disciple who, together with Sts. Peter and Paul, lit the flame of Christian faith throughout the world.
"Lord, may the joy and truth of the gospel transform my life that I may witness it to those around me. Grant that I may spread your truth and your light wherever I go."
We pray …
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Annika Nadine Uy.
- for the speedy recovery of Alice.
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of Vanessa Nicole Lee Lim.
- for the speedy recovery of Yeye Carlos.
- for the speedy recovery of Cristeta Villegas.
- for the personal intentions of Rikit Navarro.
- for the well-being and speedy recovery of Conchita Gosengfiao.
- for the speedy recovery of Mike Torres.
- for the personal intentions of Cha.
- for the healing of Donna.
- for the personal intentions of Beny Chua.
- for the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of James Francis de Loyola.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Ordonio De La Pena . Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Ng Meng Tam
- In Memoriam: Antony Sim
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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