FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
29th Tuesday of Ordinary Time
St. Luke Evangelist
October 18, 2016
From the Word of the Day
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. (Luke 10: 2)
How should we live this Word
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, the evangelist of the goodness of Jesus Christ and of Our Lady. He revealed to us the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Birth of Jesus, and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. He is also the Evangelist of God’s mercy and presents to us the parable of the Good Samaritan, the words of Jesus to the poor, His compassion for the widow of Naim, His acceptance and His pardon for the sinner in Simon’s home, the acceptance of Zacchaeus who changes his heart of a publican. In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke summarizes the life of the first Christians: “they had one heart and one soul”. He reports the sending of the seventy-two disciples to evangelize the world.
Luke’s work invites us o be true disciples of Christ, carrying our cross each day, and fructifying the gifts of the Spirit: peace, joy, benevolence.
Help us Lord, to receive the message You have given Christians through Luke, the Evangelist, and grant that we may live in peace and unity.
The voice of the Liturgy
Lord, our God, who chose St. Luke to reveal to the world through his preaching and writings, the mystery of Your predilection for the poor, grant that Christians form on heart and one soul, that all people may see Your salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ…
Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB