Sunday, October 18, 2009

St Luke's Day

Sunday was a High Feast, the feast of St. Luke the Physician. Author of Dr. Swift's favourite gospel, and an all-round steady and steadfast support and prop. He can be summed up in the words of the epistle reading for Sunday:

Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world...Cresens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia...only Luke is with me.

I've always thought of Luke as one of those very rare, but real people who can heal by their very presence, and without saying a word. You can hear it in his gospel.

I wonder if he is praying for Spain?

He hath brought down rulers from their thrones, but has lifted up the humble...

And they met a widow at the gate, weeping.....

And Zaccheus, being little of stature, wished to see Jesus....

And they said, "This man receives sinners, and eats with them...."

Luke, like his Master, has an eye for the weak, the broken, and the little.

Almighty God, who didst inspire thy servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son:

Graciously continue in thy Church the like love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of thy Name; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for the Feast of Saint Luke (BCP)

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