Homily, Tuesday Twenty-Ninth Week in the Ordinary Time, Feast of St. Luke, Year C.

*The Efficiency of Collaborative Service*
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2 Timothy 4:10-17
Psalm 144:10-13,17-18
Luke 10:1-9
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Feast of St. Luke (Evangelist and Martyr)

The topic would have been termed ” the efficiency of collaborative ministry,” however it may relegate the meaning to only a set of people like priests and ministers of God, because people tend to understand “ministry” as belonging to a few. Here, “service” includes simply all persons in ordinary language.

In the first reading 2 Timothy 4:10-17, Paul laments the desertion he experienced in the hands of those who supposed to be collaborating with him. He was consoled by the presence and the collaboration of Luke, “Luke alone was with me,” in the service of the gospel. He equally needed the assistance of Mark.

In another hand, the gospel message was strongly opposed by Alexander the coppersmith and this was seen as a great harm. However, God’s collaboration through Jesus was the highest collaboration for Paul in the service of the gospel because”the Lord stood by him” and he achieved the gospel to the gentiles.

In the gospel Luke 10:1-9, this collaboration became emphatic through the instructions of Jesus and sending them out in twos. Why won’t Jesus send them out one by one and that will even make them reach more places? This shows the importance of collaboration in the service of the gospel and humanity. Nobody knows it alone and could do it alone.

Luke whose feast we celebrate today was a collaborator of Paul and they were able to achieve a lot for the sake of the gospel. Luke even wrote his Gospel in accordance with Paul’s teaching.

So, collaboration needs the working and cooperation of two or more persons to achieve a particular good and Jesus did this well by choosing seventy two persons and even the twelve apostles. The gospel as we have it today is a result of collaboration.

Nevertheless, we must be careful to understand that not everyone would collaborate with us like they did to Paul, but we should moreover search out those people like Luke who have the same zeal and spirit like us to achieve the good for the gospel and for humanity.

Also, the highest form of collaboration we could get for greater efficiency is that of God. God’s collaboration brings forth more collaboration from human beings. Paul and Luke was closer to God. In the end, it’s for the glory of God and the betterment of humanity.

St. Luke was a Greek doctor who converted to Christianity. He is the patron saint of physicians.

St. Luke, pray for us!!!

©Fr. Henry Charles Umelechi

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