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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 18, 2018

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THURSDAY, October 18     Saint Luke, Evangelist

Ecclesiasticus 38:1-3 Honor physicians for their services, for the Lord created them; for their gift of healing comes from the Most High, and they are rewarded by the king. The skill of physicians makes them distinguished, and in the presence of the great they are admired.

My doctor and I are not friends, but we need each other. I need her care to maintain good health, and she needs me to support her practice. I do not know whether my doctor is a person of faith, but she is a member of God’s community of healers.

Many scholars believe that Saint Luke was a Greek physician. In Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians, the author refers to him as “Luke, the beloved physician,” and some faith traditions venerate him as the patron saint of doctors. As evangelist and doctor, Luke followed in the footsteps of our great healer.

Becoming a doctor entails many years of study and training, but the author of Ecclesiasticus reminds us that it is God who first bestows the gift of healing. Rather than seeing doctors as usurping God’s role, we should instead honor and admire them for their deep understanding of the substances the Lord has placed in the earth for our health and well-being, and for their skill in using them to heal. 

MOVING FORWARD: Thank your health care provider today.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ile-Oluji (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Saint Luke the Evangelist.

Ps 147 or 147:1-7 | Ecclesiasticus 38:1-4, 6-10, 12-14 | 2 Timothy 4:5-13 | Luke 4:14-21

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