2019 is a “C” year – meaning that the Church meditates on the Gospel of Luke and uses it for most of the Sunday readings. Luke is one of four Evangelists portrayed in the tetramorphs (on the ceiling in church) as a winged ox, or bull. The ox is an ancient Christian symbol of redemption and life of sacrifice, signifying Luke’s records of Christ as a priest and his ultimate sacrifice for the future of humanity.
A native of Antioch in Syria, Luke was the only non-Israelite author of the New Testament writers. His Gospel is unique in ways other than his gentile identity. Luke gives a special place to women in his Gospel accounts, despite their otherwise low social standing in antiquity. Throughout Luke there is a concern, compassion and mercy for “the poor, the sick, sinners, women, foreigners, and conquerors.”
Luke’s Gospel is straightforward and generally follows the similar storyline of Matthew and Mark, giving us the full scope of Jesus’ earthly life from the announcement of His birth to His Ascension.
Luke is the only evangelist to write a sequel.
Our Wednesday morning Bible Study will be focusing on the Gospel of Luke beginning on February 6. The book we are using is entitled The Gospel of Luke – A Liguori Catholic Bible Study. Books are $14 and must be ordered and prepaid by January 22 through the parish office.
Why not join us to find out what you don’t know about Luke, Year C and how they relate to your life?