On Tuesday of this week, October 18th, we will celebrate the feast of St. Luke, Evangelist, author, physician and companion of St. Paul. Little is known of his early life. It is believed that he was born in Antioch into a pagan family, perhaps a slave. Nothing is known of his conversion to Christianity nor of his education but St. Paul and early church historians refer to him as a physician. St. Luke joined St. Paul in Troas in the year 51 and traveled with him into Macedonia. When St. Paul left Philippi it was St. Luke who stayed behind to minister to the Church there. After several years they again traveled and preached together. When St. Paul was imprisoned in Rome in or about the year 61 it was St. Luke who stayed with him through his final sufferings and death in the mid 60’s.
The Gospel passage for this Sunday’s scripture reading is depicted in the top pane of the theology window entitled the Kingdom of God. This particular window shows many with the palm of victory in the bottom pane which is the eternal life we all strive to obtain. As one reads up the window, Noah and his ark represent God’s promise to never completely destroy man. His promise to never leave man is symbolized by Joshua leading the chosen into the promised land. The sower of the seed and the banquet scene reflect the many invitations that man is given by God to obtain eternal life. Unfortunately, many are called but few are chosen.
Legend has it that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 and gave him the Holy Rosary to pray in his fight against the heretics of the time and to preach its use and efficacy. History is replete with both personal and worldly triumphs attributed to the devout devotion of the Holy Rosary.
The Rosary is Christ centered setting forth in its mysteries the entire life of Christ. At the same time the Rosary honors and contemplates Mary also because of the mission she received from God. The prayers of the Rosary are directly from Christ himself, from Scriptures or from the Church. The rosary consists of two elements: the recitation of the prayers and the meditation on the mysteries. While recitation of the rosary has its origins several centuries ago, it is a very contemporary prayer that nurtures our faith. Pray the rosary this month for world peace and for the protection and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.