The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist, 18 October 2022 2 Timothy 4:10-17 ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> Luke 10:1-9
Dearest Jesus: as we celebrate today the feast of your Evangelist St. Luke, I pray for the grace to be like him - prayerful and faithful to you, especially when things become so tough and difficult.
Of the four Evangelists, St. Luke emphasized most your praying so often to show your oneness in the Father, of your going to deserted places to pray especially before major events like the choice of the Twelve Apostles and the Transfiguration, clearly showing that prayer is the very center of the life of every disciple to be able to follow Jesus closely by carrying the cross "daily" (Lk.9:23). Like St. Luke, may my life be a prayer, a gospel in writing.
Beloved: Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Luke is the only one with me.2 Timothy 4:10-11
Let my prayers, O dear Jesus, lead me to deeper faith in you especially when in severe tests like St. Luke who remained faithful to you by standing by his mentor St. Paul even in prison. Like St. Luke, keep me faithful to you, Jesus, by always remembering the poor and marginalized in the society especially the women and the sinners this Evangelist had put on the limelight like Elizabeth, Anna the Prophetess and the widow of Nain as well Zacchaeus and Dimas. Like St. Luke, keep me faithful to you Jesus by being faithful too to your Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary: St. Luke was the only one who sought her in Ephesus to give us the lovely story of Christmas from the Annunciation to the Visitation, the Nativity and the Presentation up to her presence at the Pentecost found in his second book called the Acts, the gospel of the Church which is the other side of every fidelity to you and Mary is fidelity to your Church!
Dearest Jesus, in writing the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, you have touched St. Luke so deeply that he narrated your story in great details as if he was touching you that in the process, he has touched us too, enabling us to experience as well as paint and picture your Divine Mercy for everyone Amen.