Who Is St. Luke?

Luke was a doctor who lived around 2,000 years ago.  We don’t know much about his early life, but we know that about the year 51 he met a man named Paul who was on a mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ across the land.  Luke joined Paul and others on that mission.  Luke wrote about his experiences in his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.  As a man of science, Luke tells us he sought to investigate thoroughly, interview eyewitnesses, and set down an orderly account of everything that happened from the beginning of Jesus’ life.  So, Luke was also really a historian.  We can tell from Luke’s writings that he was a compassionate man who was deeply concerned about the poor and marginalized among him.  He wanted people to know that God’s door is open to all and that forgiveness and mercy await everyone.  Luke stayed with Paul during Paul’s execution by the Romans in the year 66.  Paul became St. Paul and is widely recognized as one of the most influential of all saints.  It is believed Luke lived to be 84.  The oldest surviving manuscript of Luke’s gospel is from around the year 200 and ends “The Gospel According to Luke.”

Luke is now St. Luke and his message of hope is as fresh and meaningful today as it was 2,000 years ago. 

"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."

Luke 11:9-10