ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Ways to Celebrate the Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist

Updated on October 17, 2014

October the 18th is the Feast day designated to St. Luke, the Evangelist. Personally, this evangelist is of particular significance to me growing up in the seminary. He has been our class patron until we finished Philosophy in College. That said, our identification with the class patron goes way back to the very time when priestly vocation was just a dream or probably a flicker of thought in our adolescent and young adult lives. I am not so sure if we have enjoyed those years being secluded inside the four walls of the seminary, but St. Luke has always been and will always be a part of those crucial stages of formation.

Out of the 41 candidates who first entered the minor seminary, the class was able to produce six (6) priests (myself included together with two others who joined us when we were in College). Thanks to St. Luke, the quote: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few,” (Luke 10:2) has always been like a yearly challenge reminding the batch of how great there is a need to serve in the vineyard of the Lord. Six, though may not be a biblical perfect figure, is still a good number given that not all batches that graduated from our seminary was lucky enough to produce that much.

And so, as a tribute to St. Luke and to my fellow “Lukans,” who celebrate our 25th anniversary this year counting from the time when we first entered the seminary in 1989, I would like to share some ways to better celebrate this feast all throughout the anniversary. Allow me to do so by closely getting to know our Patron Saint:

1. Above anything else, St. Luke, like any of us, was first a “pilgrim.” But, what defines a pilgrim? Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it so clearly, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” A pilgrim, therefore, is a man on a journey. He is not caught up with the where as when someone quantifies the number of countries or cities he’s/she’s been to – a feather in one’s cap. More than the where, he/she is concerned about the how as to how one finds the “treasures” hidden behind the journey. Affirmatively, it goes with what I once said in my Facebook post: “A traveler goes for a trip to explore sceneries and historical sites. A pilgrim on the one hand, seeks "to see" the image of God reflected in those sites.” Hence, for a pilgrim the destination is not his/her ultimate end, it is rather a means towards it.

St. Luke, inspired by Christ’s apostles, knew what he was to live for as a fellow pilgrim. The words of Christ reflected in their very lives have led him to follow Jesus unconditionally. Though his life was at stake, he knew that what he was doing was the right thing. He knew his journey could lead him to his death, but regardless, it will lead to Jesus however painful it may be. He knew that the path is narrow but the promise of eternal life is great.

Recommendations:

  • A pilgrimage to Church Heritage sites within the province or even outside of it ending with a Mass in the seminary where the Feast of St. Luke is celebrated each year.
  • Or to a wider location, organize a pilgrimage to the places where St. Luke’s relics are venerated:

1. His body, in the Abbey of Santa Giustina in Padua;

Santa Giustina in Padua

France-Italy Pilgrimage 2013

2. His head, in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague;

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

3. His rib, at his tomb in Thebes.

St. Luke's tomb in Thebes, Greece

Week for Christian Prayer for Unity 2014

2. St. Luke was considered an “outsider.” Though it’s quite debatable whether St. Luke was a Jew or not, he was considered to be either a Hellenized Jew or a Gentile because of certain nuances and attributions found in his writings. Some scholars believe that he came from Troas (this region is now part of the Çanakkaleprovince of Turkey) as evidenced by his shift in the use of pronouns from “he” to “we.” For instance, in chapter 16:11 of the Acts of the Apostles, he writes “Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis …” This shift continues until the group leaves Philippi, when his writing goes back to the third person. Luke never stated, however, that he lived in Troas, and this is the only evidence that he did.

Nevertheless, Jew or Gentile, we cannot deny the fact that St. Luke was a convert. His association with Christ’s apostles and love for the Savior are clearly manifested in his writings from the moment he surrendered his life to follow the Christian path.

Recommendations:

  • An ecumenical encounter with our brothers and sisters “outside” the Catholic fold through an ecumenical Mass where two or more faiths could worship together in a liturgy as one. This could coincide with the yearly Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which usually takes place on January 18-25 covering the original days of the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter (January 18) and the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25).
  • A basketball league joining our brothers and sisters from different “faiths” in a friendly competition.
  • A symposium highlighting “common grounds of faith and doctrines” from different “faiths” and work out ways for Christian unity. This must end in a more peaceful and not hostile dialogue.

3. St. Luke was a Doctor. Our batch has been blest with people active in the medical field, which brings the devotion to St. Luke even more relevant to many of us. In the Letter of Paul to the Colossians 4:14, St. Paul addressed St. Luke as the “beloved physician.” Moreover, aside from the universality of Christ’s mission as a Lukan characteristic, the beloved physician has been known for his emphasis on Jesus as Savior of the lowly and the lost which could be attributed to his profession caring for the sick and the deprived members of the community.

Recommendations:

  • A medical/dental mission to the depressed areas of the community.
  • A novena in honor of St. Luke involving doctors/physicians in the local community. On the final day of the novena, the batch can acknowledge outstanding doctors/physicians, who give generous time and effort to help the lowly and lost in their localities.

Medical Missions, Philippines 2014

4. St. Luke was a Historian. He is regarded as a great historian even by present-day archaeologists and historians alike because of his accuracy in description of towns, cities and islands in his writings. It would, therefore, be an understatement if one overlooks such accolade from the beloved physician.

Recommendations:

  • Give honor not only to historians of one’s alma mater, but to all teachers who sparked our interest to embark on the realm of the intellect. The batch can incorporate this goal during “Teacher’s Day” in any school or university where those teachers are being honored. A simple gesture of acknowledgment or plaque of appreciation could be more than enough.
  • To promote the recommendation above a notch higher, invite a professor/teacher to join in one of the Lukan gatherings and share a meal with him/her and his/her family to work with him/her in an educational project or endeavor. What more to pay them back by helping in their cause to guide students achieve intellectual and moral excellence.

St. Luke, the Evangelist stained glass

5. St. Luke was an Evangelist. The last but not the least (among many other features and possible ways to celebrate the feast), Luke was one of the great four (4) Evangelists, who wrote one of the synoptic Gospels. In his own right, he possessed great distinctions in his writings. As an evangelist, he is not just a writer. More than just a writer, he is a proclaimer of the Good News. One thing it is to write about something valuable and another to actually live what he/she is writing about and give witness to it. Such is St. Luke in his time. His words are as sharp as a two-edged sword, but his very life manifests its sharpness even more. The great Thomas Aquinas once puts it: “The fruit of knowledge is love and the fruit of love is service.” Clearly, St. Luke was not only inspired by the Word of God, he too, was compelled by it.

Recommendations:

  • A day of catechesis on the life of St. Luke and the importance of the Word of God. The batch can work hand in hand with the different schools, or even Catholic colleges in the area.
  • A day of celebration on the Life of St. Luke, which could carry a theme: “Making the Life of St. Luke Come Alive in Our Life Today.”
  • An "essay writing contest" remembering the beloved physician and evangelist.
  • A tribute to modern-day evangelists who give witness to the word and teachings of Christ.

There you go, my fellow Lukans, how are these five (5) ways for starters? Mine is not the “be-all” and “end-all” of to-do-list about our dear patron. Treat these recommendations as guideposts to our journey together. May we truly find the meaning of what a “True Lukan” should be and continue to inculcate in our hearts the spirit of the word which continues to be proclaimed each time a Mass or celebration is said in his honor.

Happy Anniversary and God bless!

Feast Day of St. Luke Celebration in 2013

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • giopski profile imageAUTHOR

      giopski 

      3 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Ericdierker. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I know it's been awhile since my last post, but I'm happy to write about this beloved Saint. May his life continue to inspire us and become "healers" in our own ways following the Christian path.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      One of my favorites. Thank you for such an outstanding hub. St. Luke has enriched my life greatly. I was a member of OSL for a short while.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)