Today is the feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist. He was born of pagan parents, but converted to the faith. He was a disciple and companion of St. Paul, and composed the Gospel named after him, and the Acts of the Apostles. He told us of the birth and childhood of Jesus, and presented some of the most moving of Jesus' parables such as the lost sheep, and the prodigal son. His Gospel highlights the universal nature of salvation.
Collect: Father you chose Luke the evangelist to reveal by preaching and writing the mystery of your love for the poor. Unite in one heart and spirit all who glory in your name, and let all nations come to see your salvation Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.