Luke the newsman.

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Gospel Lk 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
 
Saint Luke was a gentile of Syria and disciple of Saint Paul. In looking at his Gospel he can be described as an evangelist, one who preaches Christianity. He was a physician, a healer who chronicles many of Christ’s healings. As the author of both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, Luke also was a gifted writer. In his gospel he documents the teachings of Jesus and in Acts Luke documents the early Church. His Acts is a vivid description of the earliest Christians living their faith.
 
The reading for the feast of Saint Luke is taken from his Gospel and describes Jesus commissioning the 72 disciples to go out into the world “ahead of him” to preach the good news. Since Luke was a disciple and convert of Saint Paul’s, Luke’s encounter with Christ  was with an Easter Christ. He was  one who received the good news from the seventy two. As Luke received Christ’s message, went out and preached that same Gospel. Luke’s disciples follow in his footsteps to this day following that commission of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.
 
In thinking of this Apostle on this feast of Saint Luke, I can read his chronicle of Christ in his two gospel works, and I can also think of the chronicle of Christ that is being written today. In todays writing though I think not of works of evangelism per say. Rather I think of the simple written accounts detailing the newsworthy events of this day. Newspapers detailing todays acts of the modern disciples. In reading the events of the day, many times I can see the Christ those original Apostles preached. Many times I can see these same Christian Acts of todays 21-century disciples and that gospel message still vibrantly alive. That’s the good news of Jesus Christ. I also can see those places where that message has yet to take hold, and where it is in desperate need of those laborers of the Gospel. That’s the rest of the news, much of it bad news. As Luke reported the Acts of the Apostles, in a very real way todays news writer are doing the same today. Many times when thinking of the Gospel writers, they are thought of in terms of their message. Sometimes though it is enlightening not only to think of their message, but also to focus on their medium. One of Luke’s mediums was words. He was a reporter and a witness. How interesting it is to read a newspaper today in the light of Luke’s Gospel writings. How much of todays news is the good news?

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