Today is the feast of St. Luke, Evangelist. There is a marvelous depiction of his loyalty to St. Paul represented in the courtyard of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. (Picture to the left) The scene recalls the Scripture passage of 2 Timothy, 4: 11 where St. Paul writes: Demas has deserted me for love of this life and gone to Thessalonika, Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia; only Luke is with me.
If you look closely enough in this picture, you can see a statue of Luke in the far right corner of the courtyard. There are three other pillars for statues in the other three corners…all remain empty to depict Luke’s loyalty.
Obviously, Luke was loyal not only to St. Paul, but above all to Christ. He learned much from traveling with and listenting to the Great Apostle to the gentiles, and grew in his own faith and love for Christ. He then shared this love and faith in the Gospel he wrote, along with writing the Acts of the Apostles.
We, too, are called to grow in our love for Christ. We are called to such fidelity and loyalty to Christ. We, too, have our own gifts to share with others for the spread of the same faith. How will you share this faith today?