Sunday, October 27, 2013

Only Luke

As you probably know, we are in Liturgical Cycle C - which means almost every Sunday we hear a reading from Luke's Gospel.  

Given that, I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the unique things about Luke and his writings:
  • Only Luke records the Annunciation, Visitation, the Presentation and Finding in the Temple
  • We get the Magnificat ("My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord") from Luke's Gospel (1:46-55)
  • Only Luke writes about Simeon's Song of Praise ("Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace", 2:29-32)
  • The Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus, and the Good Thief can only be found in Luke
  • Luke's Gospel is the longest in the New Testament
  • Only Luke records our Blessed Mother's words "God has cast down the mighty and has lifted up the lowly" (1:46-55)
  • The shepherds visiting the baby Christ is found in Luke
  • Of the Gospel writers, only Luke wrote a sequel (Acts)
  • Luke was the only non-Jew, New Testament writer (he was likely Greek)
And of course, only Luke wrote that line that inspired many blogs blog across the internet:  "Amen, I say to you, today, you will be with me in Paradise."

God Bless you.


Daily Grace said...


This is very interesting. I hate to say that I didn't know a lot of the facts you posted, but I did not. Thank you!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you Michael for all these facts which I did not know. I studied Luke and the Acts for my exams many years ago. Apparently he was very well educated and a doctor.

God bless.

Michael said...

DG - I didn't know all of them either - and I really enjoy Luke's Gospel!

Victor - You are welcome Victor. You are right, from what we know, he was both well educated and a doctor. And of course, followed St. Paul.