Saint Luke: Slave, Patron Saint of Physicians (Feast Date: October 18)
Extract from Saint Luke: “In our day, it would be easy to assume that someone who was a doctor was rich, but scholars have argued that Luke might have been born a slave. It was not uncommon for families to educate slaves in medicine so that they would have a resident family physician. Not only do we have Paul’s word, but Eusebius, Saint Jerome, Saint Irenaeus and Caius, a second-century writer, all refer to Luke as a physician. . . . Luke’s unique perspective on Jesus can be seen in the six miracles and eighteen parables not found in the other gospels. Luke’s is the gospel of the poor and of social justice. He is the one who tells the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man who ignored him. Luke is the one who uses “Blessed are the poor” instead of “Blessed are the poor in spirit” in the beatitudes. Only in Luke’s gospel do we hear Mary ‘s Magnificat where she proclaims that God ‘has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty’ (Luke 1:52-53).” See PICTURE: St Luke Painting the Virgin. See also: Luke the Evangelist (Multilingual), Luke the Evangelist (EN). VIDEOS: Saint Luke Oct 18, St. Luke. St. Luke PRAYER.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Luke on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Slavery in England (September, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 26 – October 9, 2011.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: