Next Wednesday we celebrate the feast day of the evangelist, St. Luke. His gospel contains some of the best known, and certainly some of the best loved, of all the stories in the New Testament. It is Luke’s narrative that we think of at Christmas time, it is Luke’s narrative that we think of when we consider the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, it is Luke’s narrative that gives the text for the Magnificat and the basis of the Hail Mary.
Luke shows a Jesus who is compassionate and has a particular love for the poor and outcast. Luke also probes and proves the real humanity of Jesus – he weeps at the death of his friend Lazarus. Luke too insists of the vital and irreplaceable role that the women who surround Jesus play.
As Christian educators we should never neglect the power of story. Young children love and remember stories and older children can plumb their depths. Luke is the story teller par excellence. On his feast day let us thank him for giving us so much that we love in terms of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. And also let us ask for his prayers so that we can bring the faith to life as he did.