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October 18th: Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist

Gospel text (Lk 10:1-9): And Jesus said to them, «The harvest is rich, but the workers are few».
The Lord Jesus said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few."
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.

Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for 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 to places where the apostles took longer to arrive. Luke had a very good education: he was a doctor! To write his writings, as a good scientist, he learned first (he did research). Twenty-one centuries later, there has been no more published writing than the New Testament.

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