Oct 18, 2015

Sunday Sermon, October 18 -- St. Luke, the Ox of the New Testament

Solemnity of St. Luke the Evangelist, in the Church of St Luke.

St Luke was of Greek descent, and never met Christ in person. Having converted to the faith, St Luke as a close disciple and friend of St Paul. He wrote a Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. His Gospel as the Apostolic Authority of St. Paul as it's foundation.

St Luke is pictured under the figure of an ox:
1) An ox is the symbol of Temple sacrifice, and St Luke's Gospel begins with Temple sacrifice and focuses on the Temple.
2) The ox is the hardest working of all farm animals, and St Luke labored for Christ in preaching with St Paul and especially in writing the Gospel which bears his name. St Luke is far and away the most prolific New Testament author -- his Gospel and Acts are the two longest books of the New Testament. St Luke wrote about 1/3 of the whole New Testament!

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