Luke is believed to be the author of the Gospel that bears his name as
well as of the Acts of the Apostles. According to Eusebius, he was
probably born in Antioch, Syria of a prosperous Greek family and was
trained as a physician.
His gospel is considered the most poetic and beautiful of all. He uses
the best grammar and the most eloquent and correct Greek of the New
Testament. He shows Jesus not as the Jewish Messiah, but as the world.s
Savior and Lord. He was a man of prayer, for his gospel is pre-occupied
with the power of prayer. He had a high regard for the dignity of women
for they played an important part of his writings.
He accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey and doubtless had
the care of Paul.s health. Luke was with Paul in his last days and
final imprisonment in Rome.
After writing those famous words to Timothy, .The time of my
dissolution is at hand, I have fought a good fight: I have finished my
course: I have kept the faith.... Paul goes on to say, .Only Luke is
What happened to Luke after Paul.s martyrdom we have no certain
knowledge. But according to a fairly early and widespread tradition, he
was unmarried and wrote his gospel in Greece at Boeotia, where he died
at age 84.
Because the gospel which bear his name was believed to be an accurate
account of the life of Christ and especially of Christ.s birth, Luke
was taken as one of the patrons of notaries.
He is also the patron of the medical profession. He was reported to be
a fine painter and is also patron of artists, painters, sculptors,
craft workers and lacemakers.
His symbol is the ox. This may account for his also being patron of
butchers. In art, Luke is represented by a winged ox. This is
especially appropriate because in the Gospel of St Luke, the priestly
and sacrificial work of Jesus is emphasized. The ox represents the
sacrificial aspect of Jesus' ministry and the wings remind us that the
Gospel of Jesus Christ is to travel throughout the world.
Paul spoke of Luke as .the beloved physician.. Together they evangelized Greece and Rome.