By Christina I. Hermoso
The Catholic Church marks today the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist (San Lucas Evangelista), the author of two New Testament books: The Third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.
Known as the patron of physicians, painters, churches, medical schools, and medical facilities, hospitals such as the St. Luke Medical Center in Quezon City and Taguig City were named after him and placed under his patronage.
A native of Antioch, Turkey, St. Luke wrote the Third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles in Greece right after St. Paul’s martyrdom in 64 A.D.
In the Gospel of Luke, he narrated with order and clarity, more than 30 years of Jesus’ earthly life, including His Ascension to heaven.
St. Luke was the first Christian physician on record. He was a missionary companion of St. Paul and was the only gentile or non-Jew to write books of the Holy Bible.