Homily for the Feast of St. Luke
There is no question that the Lord needs laborers in our world today. He needs each of us to do our part to go out and spread the Gospel to the world, sharing the Good News with those we encounter on a daily basis. The cooperation of human beings has always been a part of God’s plan for salvation. That’s where each of our specific vocations comes into play.
Today, we need more men to answer the call of the Lord to the priesthood, who encourage and challenge us to discover and foster a personal encounter with Jesus through the sacraments of the Church. We need deacons who assist them, who preach the Gospel and are examples of service to us. We need men and women religious who work to build the Kingdom of God through various acts of charity, service, and prayer. And we need committed lay men and women who live their vocation to transform the world, forming families and leading future generations to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
As we have seen so often in our times, it can sometimes feel as though the “laborers are few,” that there are so few people actively working to bring the light of Christ to the world, that we are the only ones striving to live discipleship. Many times, we might feel like “lambs among the wolves” when we try to address the challenging social issues of today’s world and get slaughtered by public opinion or told that we’re too old fashioned. However, Jesus tells us in our Gospel, just as He told the seventy-two: “The harvest is abundant…so ask the master to send out laborers.”
So today, on this Feast of St. Luke, may we pray in a special way for an increase in vocations – not just vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life, but all vocations. May we pray for an increase in holy marriages and holy families. But let us also pray for ourselves, that each of us may embrace our own vocations and strive for holiness in our lives. May we strive to follow in the footsteps of the saints, particularly St. Luke, and do whatever we can to be the role models for one another and to help each other in our respective journeys of faith in life.
Image: St. Luke the Evangelist, Vladimir Borovikovsky. Public domain. Wikicommons.