Exactly What We Need to Hear (Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist)

Have you ever picked up a book and thought: “Wow! This was written just for me! This is exactly what I needed to hear.” I have a suspicion that this is what St. Luke wanted each of us to think about the gospel he wrote.

In the very first line, he addressed his gospel to a person named “Theophilus.” In Greek, Theophilus means “Lover of God”- which is what we are! Luke, it would seem, wrote his gospel just for us. And as we read it, I’d bet he’d want us to think: “This is exactly what I needed to hear!”

Luke’s gospel is distinguished by themes of thankfulness, joy, and praise. It paints for us a portrait of Jesus who is prayerful, merciful, forgiving, concerned for the poor and outcast, and welcoming of all people- men and women, Jew and Gentile- into the kingdom of God. And Jesus is depicted as teaching at a series of meals as he journeys toward Jerusalem, where he celebrates a final meal- the Last Supper- at which he gives us a meal, the Holy Eucharist.

Like Jesus, we are on a journey to Jerusalem- the heavenly Jerusalem. And as we walk with Jesus, Luke would have us be nourished by the Eucharistic meal, so we can become more prayerful, joyful, thankful, compassionate, merciful, forgiving, and welcoming like Jesus- in other words, a true “Theophilus,” or lover of God.

Deep down, this is what we all want to become. That’s why Luke wrote his gospel, just for us. So we might say: “This is exactly what I needed to hear!”

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6 Responses to Exactly What We Need to Hear (Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist)

  1. toadspittle says:

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    “Have you ever picked up a book and thought: “Wow! This was written just for me! This is exactly what I needed to hear.”

    Yes! It was “Candide” by Voltaire.

    And Toad was about 15, over half a century ago.

    Still a great read! Enjoy!

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  2. Gertrude says:

    I remember reading Voltaire too at that age, and I agree, Candide was a good read. We also read Sartre (The Age of Reason etc.) and recall thinking that this was the height of sophistication! D.H. Lawrence was also on our reading list, but not considered suitable at all which of course, at 15 made it all the more attractive.

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  3. The Raven says:

    Toad

    A post about the Niños Robados is in preparation.

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  4. toadspittle says:

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    Muchas gracias, Cuervo.

    (Interesting. it seems Castillian has no separate words for Raven and Crow. Can this be true?)

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  5. toadspittle says:

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    …And that a secondary meaning of “Cuervo” is “priest.”

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