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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.
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.
Today the Church remembers Saint Luke the Evangelist.