Today we celebrate Saint Luke. A traveling companion of Saint Paul, and the evangelist who wrote a gospel, and its “sequel”, the Acts of the Apostles. While Saint Paul wrote more books, it is Luke who wrote the most words. And what powerful words they are.
Saint Luke writes the words that change lives. Over and over he recounts how God surprises. It is in Luke’s gospel we here about the unlikely hero that is the Good Samaritan. It is in the Acts of the Apostles that we see there is simply no resisting the Spirit of God.
In his gospel, Luke writes to the poor. They have need of hope and an awareness that somehow, despite their poverty, there is a higher purpose in life. Enter Jesus. Luke sees in Jesus the one who gives hope to the hopeless, and challenges the blessed to remember that blessings are meant to be shared.
It is Luke who writes in such a beautiful way of the powerful work of the Spirit at Pentecost, and it is Luke who writes of the beautiful yet challenging conversion of the apostle Paul and its effect on the Christian community. In all that Luke does and writes, he reminds us of the ways in which God is omnipresent, perhaps most of all in those events that are most challenging.