The Feast of St. Luke

Today is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. I initially was drawn to the gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) because they were called "evangelists" and early in my ministry that is the title i went by as well. My understanding and appreciation has become more educated and textured since those days but it hasn't waned.  After all i do have a tattoo of a symbol of the four evangelists on the inside of my arm. And the stained glass window tattoo i have also contains this imagery.

And today is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. So primarily i just wanted to post a few icons of St. Luke that i found and encourage you to read a bit of his telling of the life and ministry of Jesus. Wikipedia says that St. Luke is the saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers. It also funny what different saints are the saints of. Us protestants don't think much about that but it's pretty interesting and sometimes pretty funny! Butchers? HA!

Here are a couple icon to ponder and let guide you as you pray today.

And a collect / prayer to use today... "Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen."