Both the Gospel according to Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are ascribed to Luke the Evangelist. Luke was a physician by trade and the only of the Gospel writers to be a Gentile (not a Jew). The earliest references to Luke appear in the epistles to Philemon, Colossians, and 2 Timothy, where he is mentioned as a disciple and companion of Paul. Luke wrote for an audience of Gentile Christians, and his work emphasizes Jesus’ mercy and the inclusiveness of his message. Many well-known Gospel passages are unique to Luke’s Gospel, including the parable of the prodigal son, the good thief on the cross, and the infancy narrative centered on Mary. Jesus, in Luke’s Gospel, is especially concerned with “the least of these,” people of little worldly consequence, but very important to God. His feast day is October 18.
“And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.” — Luke 1:46-48
Questions for Reflection
When have you experienced the grace of God through one of “the least of these,” someone deemed inconsequential by society? In what ways are we called to extend the Gospel message beyond our inner circle today- in other words, who are today’s “Gentiles”?