Saint Luke (1st century)

for October 18

Luke is one of the four Gospel writers, or Evangelists, of the New Testament, but, unlike the others, he also wrote a second volume entitled Acts of the Apostles. Luke’s Gospel emphasizes the compassion of Jesus and his concern for women, the outcasts, and the marginalized. Luke was a companion of Saint Paul and, according to legend, a physician, so he often pictures Jesus and Paul as healers. (Taken from "Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.")

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Jesus always made time to care for those who were rejected, looked down on, or forgotten. Luke emphasizes this compassion in his Gospel. Do you make time for those in your life who are forgotten, sad, or hurting? Ask Jesus to help you minister to those who need a friend, a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on.


Come, Holy Spirit, and help me reach out to someone today who experiences some kind of discrimination. Even a smile and a kind word can go a long way. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")