The Feast of St. Luke

On Thursday October 18th 2018 , The Feast of St. Luke Apostle, Evangelist, Physician and Artist was celebrated. He was a disciple of Paul and was martyred in 84 A.D. The following reading extols the virtues of Physicians whose gift of healing come from God.

St. Luke is credited with writing of the Gospel named after him and the Acts of the Apostles.

         A reading from the Wisdom of Sirach:

Honour physicians for their services,
for the Lord created them;

for their gift of healing comes from the Most High,
and they are rewarded by the king.

The skill of physicians makes them distinguished,
and in the presence of the great they are admired.

The Lord created medicines out of the earth,
and the sensible will not despise them.

Was not water made sweet with a tree

in order that its power might be known?

And he gave skill to human beings

that he might be glorified in his marvellous works.

By them the physician heals and takes away pain;
the pharmacist makes a mixture from them.

God's works will never be finished;

and from him health spreads over all the earth.

My child, when you are ill, do not delay,
but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.

Give up your faults and direct your hands rightly,
and cleanse your heart from all sin.

Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial portion of choice flour,
and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.

Then give the physician his place, for the Lord created.him;
do not let him leave you, for you need him.

There may come a time when recovery lies in the hands of physicians,
for they too pray to the Lord

that he will grant them success in diagnosis
and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.