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Liturgical day: October 18th: St. Luke, evangelist

Gospel text (Lk 10,1-9): And Jesus said to them, «The harvest is rich, but the workers are few». The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where He himself was to go. And He said to them, «The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know.

»Whatever house you enter, first bless them saying: ‘Peace to this house’. If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house. When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you’».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we thank St. Luke for a great "work": his writings (his Gospel and the "Acts of the Apostles"). The harvest is rich, but the workers are few? Well, there are the writings! They have spread all over the world, even up to where the apostles have been arrived lately. Lucas had a good training: he was a doctor! To write his writings, as a good scientist, he learned first (doing a research). Twenty-one centuries later, there has been no more edited writing than the New Testament ...

- If it was not enoguh, now we have the Internet: the Word of God travels the world almost at the speed of light (for free). If St. Luke had Internet!