This Is The Word Of The Lord
Sunday November 10th, 2013
portrait painted by:
GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BARBIERI
Saint Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile in Antioch, Syria. He was a physician and it is believed that he may have also been a slave, as it was not uncommon in his day for slaves to be educated in medicine so the family would have a resident physician.
Luke became a close companion of Paul of Tarsus and accompanied him on his missionary journeys. It is very possible that Luke provided medical assistance to Paul when he had been beaten, stoned or nearly drowned while evangelizing to the Western Roman Empire.
Luke is the only Gentile to have written books in the Bible. He is the writer of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles and his writings have been proven to be historically accurate.
In the third Gospel, Luke emphasizes Christ’s compassion for sinners and for those who suffer. One will also find in Luke’s account of the gospel, a strong emphasis on the role women played in Christ’s ministry.
Luke’s Christian ministry can be followed in the book of Acts. Up until the sixteenth chapter the story of Acts is written in third person, much like a historian recording facts. The voice of the narrator then changes to first person and scholars believe this is done at the time Luke first joined Paul at Troas in the year 51. The book of Acts switches back to third person and scholars believe that this reflects a period in time when Luke was not present during the events that are recorded.
It is believed that Luke lived a long life and died c. 74 in Greece. He was the first Christian physician and was venerated by the Catholic Church as the patron saint of physicians and surgeons. Saint Luke is also considered the patron saint of painters because according to tradition, he had painted images of Mary and of Jesus. This was later proven to be incorrect.
Saint Luke’s feast day is celebrated on October 18th.
Today’s Gospel Reading
Luke 20:27-38 NIV
The Resurrection and Marriage
Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
What Does Luke Mean?
The Sadducees had hoped to trap Jesus when asking Him about the woman and her seven husbands. However, Christ corrects the earthly interpretation that the Sadducees made by speaking of the resurrection, and the life it gives which is far more that can be imagined by a mind that can grasp only concepts of life in earthly terms. Instead, those who are resurrected give up earthly tangibles such as marriage, discovering instead a like bond with the Father. What will be found will be wholly perfect and reality will be, that all that was, will be understood and forgiven.
And even when the relationships we have on earth with a life partner is more than one, such as is the result of death, even then in heaven there will be no jealousy nor any rivalry between partners. Instead, it is then that many will discover, perhaps for the very first time, REAL LOVE, when their love is united in God!
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 and 3:1-5 NIV
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
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