Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gifts that free our hearts

Chapel of the North American Martyrs ~ New Orleans (Jesuit HS)
Prayer over the gifts (Liturgy – Oct 18, 2011)
may your gifts from heaven free our hearts to serve you.
May the sacrifice we offer on the feast of St Luke
bring us healing and lead us to eternal glory,
where Jesus is Lord for ever and ever.

Communion Antiphon
The Lord sent disciples to proclaim to all the towns:
the kingdom of God is very near to you. (See Lk 10:1,9)

Prayer after Communion
All-powerful God,
may the Eucharist we have received at your altar
make us holy
and strengthen us in the faith of the Gospel
preached by St Luke.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.


St Luke
Evangelist, Martyr
Fellow-worker of St Paul
Patron:  Artists, Physicians and Surgeons
Feast Day – October 18

St Luke, ora pro nobis!

Luke wrote as a Gentile for Gentile Christians. This Gospel reveals Luke's expertise in classic Greek style as well as his knowledge of Jewish sources.
The character of Luke may best be seen by the emphases of his Gospel, which has been given a number of subtitles: (1) The Gospel of Mercy: Luke emphasizes Jesus' compassion and patience with the sinners and the suffering. He has a broadminded openness to all, showing concern for Samaritans, lepers, publicans, soldiers, public sinners, unlettered shepherds, the poor. Luke alone records the stories of the sinful woman, the lost sheep and coin, the prodigal son, the good thief. (2) The Gospel of Universal Salvation: Jesus died for all. He is the son of Adam, not just of David, and Gentiles are his friends too. (3) The Gospel of the Poor: "Little people" are prominent—Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, shepherds, Simeon and the elderly widow, Anna. He is also concerned with what we now call "evangelical poverty." (4) The Gospel of Absolute Renunciation: He stresses the need for total dedication to Christ. (5) The Gospel of Prayer and the Holy Spirit: He shows Jesus at prayer before every important step of his ministry. The Spirit is bringing the Church to its final perfection. (6) The Gospel of Joy: Luke succeeds in portraying the joy of salvation that permeated the primitive Church.

Source:  Saint of the Day

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