St. Luke the Evangelist

 

Luke, a physician from Antioch, was the only evangelist who was not a Jew. He never saw Jesus actually, but according to speculation, may have associated with the pagans who were with Jews of the Dispersion, going to the synagogue on the Sabbath with them. Or maybe he converted about 42 A.D. when Paul and Barnabus visited Antioch to preach.

Records do show that around 30 A.D. Luke was with St. Paul at Troas. He travelled with him off and on, including the 2 years Paul was in captivity in Caesarea. When Paul was taken to Rome, Luke went with him and was shipwrecked with him on the Maltese Coast on the way. When Paul’s captivity in Rome ended in martyrdom in the year 67, Luke had not left his master’s side.’

St. Luke was author of the Acts of the Apostles, and of the 3rd Gospel. He preserved the familiar parables of the lost sheep, the prodigal son, the Pharisee and the Publican and Lazarus. Nothing is known of the end of Luke’s life or when he died.

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