When I volunteered to create today’s post on the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist on our Etsy Rosary Guild Blog, it was because I have always liked Luke’s account of the Gospels. For me, it is the most enlightening of the four.
It is believed that Luke was a companion of the Apostle Paul. However, unlike Paul, he was most likely a Gentile and not a Jew. St. Paul refers to Luke as his beloved physician and fellow laborer.
Of all the Gospels, Luke is considered to be the most historical. I believe there is no doubt that Luke was intent in making sure the historical information from people who knew and followed Jesus while he was here on earth were not lost. In fact, Luke’s Gospel includes six miracles and eighteen parables that are not found in the other Gospels.
Luke is also the only Gospel author to record the stories of the Annunciation, Mary’s visit with Elizabeth (The Visitation), the Magnificat, the Presentation of Jesus in the temple, and Jesus being found in the Temple after he was considered lost by his parents. So, it is actually Luke who gives us the Scriptural basis for the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. “Hail Mary full of grace” and “blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus” are also from Luke’s recording of the Gospel.
Some have attributed early Icons as Luke’s artistic work, but whether or not this is true, St. Luke was an artist. You can see this gift come through in his writing.