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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memorial of Saint Luke, evangelist and author of the Acts of the Apostles. According to tradition, he was a physician and a painter

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 1, 1-4

Seeing that many others have undertaken to draw up accounts of the events that have reached their fulfilment among us,

as these were handed down to us by those who from the outset were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,

I in my turn, after carefully going over the whole story from the beginning, have decided to write an ordered account for you, Theophilus,

so that your Excellency may learn how well founded the teaching is that you have received.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today the church remembers Luke, author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. The words we have heard are the beginning of Luke’s Gospel account. In them, we catch a glimpse of the reverence with which Luke approaches the Word of God. He is far from seeking to promote himself or make his presence noticed. He does not even state his name. Certainly he belongs to the educated class of his time and knows great historic and literary works. He considers himself a minister at the service of the Word that he wants to transmit with absolute fidelity to all who, like himself, have not known Jesus personally, but have experienced him in faith within the Christian community, though some think that he was part of the seventy-two and others identify in him the second disciples of Emmaus. Also the painting of Mary is attributed to him. The Church, receiving this work of his among the holy Books, has recognized in him a believer inspired by God who tried to communicate the Christian message to the culture of his time. Luke, mentioned in the second Letter to Timothy (4:11), as a follower of Paul, witnessed and wrote about the founding and the growth of the first communities. In his Gospel, Luke communicates how the community of disciples were attracted by Jesus’ mercy, by his limitless compassion for the poor and sick, excluding no one. Through his writing, Luke attests to the miracle of this merciful love that, until today and even through his writings, continues to heal the hearts of many. His Gospel reports what Jesus said and did, and the Acts of the Apostles, relate the events of the Christian community from Jerusalem to Rome. Both books are a living witness of the history of the Church, which, moved by the Holy Spirit, fearlessly trusts the Lord and communicates the good news until the ends of the earth.

Memory of the Apostles