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St. Luke

Today is the feast of St. Luke, the companion of the Apostle Paul. I always found it interesting that Luke never makes reference to himself except in the vague pronoun of "we" that he used a few times in the Book of Acts. The gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts total almost 1/4 of the New Testament (and provide some details not known from anywhere else); that is quite a task for someone about whom we know almost nothing.


Yet, in all that, he never points himself out by name. Quite the opposite of people today. St. Luke had one of the greatest tasks ever assigned by God: to write the history of Jesus' life, and the first few years of the early Church; and he does it with amazing humility. I heard once that many people spend more time on social media saying "look at me" than actually looking at others. With the way people behave, I do not doubt it.


What are the many ways that we can draw people to us? It can be done by being an example of the holiness of Jesus (which draws all but the most callous heart). We can also draw people in the wrong way: draw attention to ourselves for the sake of personal pride. Whether it is a grand or simple task, let us be certain that we are not making it all about us. In fact, let us attempt to make nothing truly "about us", but instead point people to Christ (exactly as st. Luke did).


Let me make the point with one simple question: would you be content with your life if when you die no one knows who you are except God, but that you drew large numbers of people to Christ and helped them to learn to trust Him? Answer it in all sincerity.

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