Paul’s Companion: Luke, the Beloved Physician (Fri. Nov. 19)

The word of the day is “Luke.”  In our reading of Colossians 4:10-18, St. Paul ends his Epistle with greetings from his companions.   The Apostle mentions seven names, but the most important among them is Luke.  He writes, “Luke, the beloved physician… greets you” (vs. 14). The Orthodox accepts church tradition that St. Paul is speaking of the writer of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.  Our reading confirms that this preeminent historian of the life of Jesus and the early church was with Paul in Rome.  We can imagine that he not only tended to Paul’s physical condition but also provided moral support to him in his imprisonment. And he was not only beloved but…