Luke compiled his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles not to describe how good things were in the early Church but to address how bad things were becoming after the first generation of Christianity. The Christian community got bogged down with internal problems and was no longer motivated to evangelize. The Church was lukewarm (Rv 3:16). Luke composed his Gospel and Acts of the Apostles to change this.
When things go wrong and discouragement begins to set in, it's hard to be the only one motivated and be immune to the prevailing apathy. However, Luke moved when no one felt like moving, tried when not many were trying, hoped when the stench of despair polluted the spiritual atmosphere. We likewise live in a lukewarm, apathetic Church. We need Lukes to show us we can break free from the inertia of sin and the paralysis of selfishness.
The harvest is rich but the workers continue to be few (Lk 10:2). We need Lukes to give us hope, give us a jump-start, and proclaim: "The reign of God is at hand" (Lk 10:9).
Prayer: Father, may I quit complaining and start believing, loving, and working.
Promise: "Be on your way, and remember: I am sending you as lambs in the midst of wolves." —Lk 10:3
Praise: St. Luke's Gospel was the most quoted in the early centuries of the Church by both Christians and non-Christians.
(Become a Luke by reading the Bible every day. We have several tape series to help you. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is 32 audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or 17 video tapes starting with V-21.)
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