It is generally believed that Luke was a gentile doctor. He was a good, kind man who came to know the Lord from the great apostle Paul. After he had become a Christian, he sometimes traveled with Paul. Luke was a great help to him in spreading the faith. The Bible calls Luke “the beloved physician.”
St. Luke is the author of two books in the Bible: the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Although he did not meet Jesus while the Lord was on this earth, he wanted to write about him for new converts. So he talked to those who had known Jesus. He wrote down all that they had seen the Lord do and heard him say. It is Luke who tells us some of the best-known stories about Jesus. Luke tells us the story of the first Christmas. He tells about Jesus lost in the Temple when he was twelve years old. He also tells us the story of Zaccheus the tax collector, who climbed a tree to see Jesus. Luke repeats for us the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son.
Luke also wrote the story of how the apostles began to teach the message of Jesus after he went back to heaven. It is in Luke’s book, the Acts of the Apostles, that we learn how the Church began to grow and spread.
St. Luke is the patron saint of painters and doctors. We are not sure when or where Luke died. He is one of the four evangelists, or Gospel writers.
Luke’s Gospel speaks especially of God’s mercy for people who are sorry for their sins. Sometimes we become discouraged because of our sins and mistakes. We can ask St. Luke to show us how to have confidence in Jesus’ mercy, as he did.
-Daughters of St. Paul