The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday, Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist, 18 October 2023 2 Timothy 4:10-17 <*[[[[>< + ><]]]]*> Luke 10:1-9
Merciful Father, thank you for sending us St. Luke the Evangelist whose feast we celebrate today: a physician, an artist, and a disciple of your Son Jesus Christ. "The Lord appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit" (Luke 10:1).
Regardless of our state in life, we, too, like St. Luke are called to preach and write the gospel of Jesus Christ with our lives, with our silent witnessing of his glory and humility, kindness and firmness, art and humanity, intimacy in prayer and most especially, special concern for women and children until now so abused in in so many homes and in every nation.
Help us, dear Jesus, to be like St. Luke, a physician for this world so sick with wars and other inhumanity to one another perhaps due to our lack of genuine love and respect for women; what a joy to read and pray St. Luke's gospel account teeming from the very start with those wondrous stories of Mary and Elizabeth who brought us into the New Testament with their sons!
Help us imitate St. Luke as a true physician who accompanied until the end his mentor St. Paul the Apostle: "Beloved: Demas, enamored with the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Luke is the only one with me" (2Timothy 4:10).
O God, how painful to think everybody is saying that the world population has to be controlled when so many among us everywhere are suffering alone, dying alone? Let us realize like St. Luke Jesus Christ's declaration that "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few" (Lk. 10:2) that we may go too to your abundant harvest to heal and console, comfort and assure the many people in pain and suffering. Amen. St. Luke, Pray for us!