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Sermon: St. Luke (transferred) – October 19, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Isaiah 43:8-19; Psalm 124; 2 Timothy 4:5-11; Luke 1:1–4; 24:44–53

Poor divided Luke.

We pay lots of attention to St. Luke’s gospel.  We spend every third year with it.  We think of him fondly as we name parishes after him and see his symbol, the ox, displayed prominently in church iconography.  He’s even right here on this magnificent pulpit.  Luke the ox.  We think of him as a writer of scripture.  We think of him as a teacher.  We think of him as a follower.  We think of him as a physician.  We think of him as a writer of icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We think of him in so many ways that I am prone these days to simply think of him as poor divided Luke.  Maybe we have too many bits and pieces of information about him.  Too many to make him look singular in focus, but too few to paint him as a whole person. (more…)