Fr. Sanctus Mario
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The Call to Evangelize the World. Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist


Breakfast with the Word Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist



Luke 10:1-9


Today the church celebrates the feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist. Saint Luke the evangelist is one of the synoptic writers of the gospel. Saint Luke the Evangelist is one of the four Evangelists. 



We do not know much about him in the new testament. He is not among the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He was not even written as one of those following Jesus around, though he may be one of the disciples.



 There is glaring evidence that Luke must be a disciple of Saint Paul. Saint Paul calls him a great physician in Colossians 4:14 and 2 Timothy 4:11, the first reading of today.


In the first reading of today, Paul mentions only Luke when it seems that everyone has deserted Paul. Paul writes that only Luke is the only person who is with Him. Therefore, In Luke, we see the spirit of evangelism. 



He accompanies Paul on many of his missionary journeys. Even in His darkest and problematic moments.

 His life is a true reflection of the Spirit of evangelism. The call to evangelize is a call to help and support each other in building up God’s Kingdom.


It is not a call to compete on who is the best. In this work, everything we do is for the Lord. Therefore, we have to imbibe the spirit of evangelism. 



It is the spirit of evangelisation in Luke that guided him to give us detailed information of the incarnation and the boyhood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Luke does that more than any other gospel evangelist. 



The Commissioning of the Seventy Two.



Luke’s account of the commissioning of seventy-two is similar to his account of the commissioning of the twelve(9:1-6) Here, Luke continues the procedure of sending messengers ahead during Jesus’ journey (9:52). In today’s commissioning, Jesus sends them out in pairs, to all the towns and places He wants to visit. 



The commissioning today is not only the Jewish territories. This is all-inclusive. Jesus sends them out ahead of him presumably for them to clear the path and prepare the people to accept him. 



This is a summary of our vocation. We are called to evangelise and bring the message of salvation to people. 



God chooses us to come to the world and make us instruments of His salvation. We are to speak to men’s hearts. 



God chooses you to be a living gospel. So, this is one of the reasons Saint Luke the evangelist is remembered today. 



Therefore, Our call is all-inclusive. When we meet people daily, let us use those opportunities to bring them to God.





In Pairs



In today’s gospel, Jesus sends them out in pairs. Like, we said before, the practice of sending messengers “two by two” known as ana duo was common practice among the early Christians (Mark 6:7; Luke 7:18–19; Acts 13:2; 15:27) and also among the Jews. 



It provides companionship and protection. Therefore, the call to evangelise is not a one man’s work. It is more collaborative work. 



Saint Luke the evangelist is an exemplar of this. He proves this in His missionary journey with Paul. 

Saint Luke the Evangelist wasn’t there to be a burden to Paul, rather, He helped Him. Their goal is one; which is the salvation of souls. 



Therefore, the call to evangelise is not a call to compete among ourselves, and fight ourselves. It is not a call to seek to be the first. This is more of a collaboration. This gospel simply underscores that we need the other person to reach our goal. Therefore, We need the other person. The work is not ours. We are only instruments.  





In The Mission.



In their mission, the seventy-two disciples were to go everywhere that Jesus is to go. It is everywhere. Therefore, the extent of this mission underscores that of the church. The church is universal and has to work in reaching the ends of the earth.




 Therefore, in our mission, everybody is inclusive. Saint Luke the evangelist accompanied Paul in His missionary journeys and they went to many places. 




So, Saint Luke is the one who provided us not only the gospel of what Jesus did but also on the Acts of the Apostles. He is always all-inclusive. 




In His account of the gospel, Luke is the only gospel evangelist that gave us detailed information about Jesus right from his birth to death. 




Therefore, the call to evangelize involves all. Every soul that we encounter is very important to God. Therefore, do not choose those to speak with or not to speak with. Do not choose only those who will obey and listen to you. The word of God is all-inclusive. Even the hardest criminal, the haters of faith need to hear it again. Let us use every opportunity that we have to bring souls to God. 






In the Midst of Wolves.




Jesus tells them “I am sending you out like lambs among wolves” Wolves are natural enemies of sheep. So, the disciples are like “lambs” (arnas). They are defenceless and dependent on God alone. 



The wolves here indicate that the journey is not an easy one, so they have to prepare for whatever they will encounter. 




In essence, the work of evangelization is not an easy one. We shall encounter challenges, we shall encounter wolves. Many people are going to attack us. Many of them are going to be our problem and try to limit our progress in life. 




Therefore, like Jesus is preparing the disciples ahead, we also have to know that it will not be an easy field. This calls for prayers and preparations. 




Carry no purse, No haversack, No sandals.



In the instructions, Jesus asks them not to carry purses, haversacks and sandals. This may sound somehow, but like Jesus always does, this has a meaning and implication.


It means that when we are ready to work for God, the main focus should be on God and the work we are to do. Material acquisitions should not be a distraction to us. Therefore, we have to trust the Lord for provisions, strength and graces.



Peace as the Watch Word.



Jesus says to them “Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you.”


Therefore their mission to evangelise is a call to bring peace to people. In essence, we are called to be a blessing to people, to bring peace and to make people embrace God. Peace should be the watchword.



The Message.




Finally, Jesus says “Wherever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”



Therefore, the message is the message of change and repentance. So, Healing the sick is an act that is part of the missionary activity but not the centre. 




Therefore, we should not forget the central message. The message of repentance should be the central point. 




Saint Luke the evangelist accompanied Paul in his journey as they were preaching the message of repentance to the world.



Healing and miracles are not the central points of the renewal, therefore, as we seek God, let us seek for the renewal of and repentance of heart first, then other things will be added unto it. Our problem is that we are seeking other things and forget the central message.





May God help us as we keep to our missionary mandate. May He give you the grace to touch souls. Remain blessed



  1. Josephine kanu says


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  4. Jared Ogare says

    Lord may we have the passion to evangelise even when conditions seems unbearable,Amen

  5. Okonkwo onyinye says


  6. Chizoba Ekwueme says


  7. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro.

  8. Anyanwu Francisca says

    I pray that God will help us to imbibe the spirit of evangelism so that we will win souls for Christ in Jesus Name Amen

  9. Ijeoma Ugorji says


  10. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Padre ! Thanks Padre

  11. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  12. Agudosi Cordelia chinyere says


  13. Onyeoma Ukamaka says

    Amen…I pray for God’s blessings upon your life Fr.

  14. Michael Peter Enyilegu says

    AMEN 🙏🙏🙏
    Thank you for this spiritual food.

  15. Danny Hansel says

    Thanks so much for this wonderful reflection.

  16. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr.


    Amen fr.🙏🙏
    Thanks fr.

  18. Sheila says


  19. Confidence NWAHIRI says

    That I may be healed oh Lord!

  20. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏
    And you too father

  21. Mrs Julia Ugochi Ezurike says

    Amen. May God continue to protect us all
    More grace on us Lord to keep doing the Evangelizer’s duty.

  22. UGWU CHIOMA says

    May God give us the grace to focus on him and seek his kingdom amen

  23. Udenze chisom Julia says


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  25. Angela Ekere says

    Amen. St Luke the evangelist, pray for us

  26. Okafor Ezinwanne Doris says

    Lord fill me with your grace touch and change for good the lives of those I come in contact with.May my life also be influenced by those who carry your grace Amen

  27. Augusta Abu says


  28. Tochukwu Ezike says

    I pray that God will always give me the grace to win souls for him

  29. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Amen. Remain richly blessed, fr

  30. Gabriel-Martin says


  31. Chinwe Agwoile says

    Lord Jesus, I want to be a faithful witness of Your love. Give me the pastoral zeal to tell the world about You. Relieve me of all the excess luggage’s of anger and worry that are upon my shoulder and are constituting obstacles to being Your authentic Messenger. Send more dedicated laborers to Your church. May Your Kingdom be established in my heart. Amen!!
    Immense thanks, Padre!

  32. Chinwe Agwoile says

    I also pray God to empower me with the grace that will serve as an enabler for writing my gospel, especially as it concerns the charitable works I do and then what others have to say about me. So help me God!

  33. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏 and remain blessed too

  34. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    Amen.. God bless you 🙏🙏🙏

  35. Ukamaka Ochiaka says

    Amen 🙏

  36. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    AMEN! Thank you Jesus.

  37. Ogechi Anugwom says


  38. Macroven Amarachi says

    Lovely post

  39. UGOCHI OKORIE says

    God, I seek for renewal and repentance of heart.
    Please, help me to love you always.

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  41. Pauline Nzube says

    Lord help me and grant me the grace to Evangelize and win souls to your kingdom Amen

  42. Alphonsus Inegbedion says

    Amen. Thank you dearest Padre for the inspiring reflection. God bless you richly.

  43. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  44. Jovita Okey-Oha says

    Amen and Amen. Truly, we are lambs in the midst of wolves.


  45. Ibeawuchi Monica says


  46. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen, more grace Padre.

  47. Theomaris says

    Oh Lord! please make me an instrument of peace and Grant me the grace to touch souls both in words and actions in Jesus name. Amen 🙏


    AMEN 🙇🙏
    Remain Blessed padre 🌹

  49. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, may almighty God help us to touch so many souls in this our journey in life through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

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  52. Julie Akalemeaku says

    Amen. Lord I need your Grace to do your work of Evangelism

  53. Okereke Festus says

    Amen 🙏

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  58. Mrs Mmadu Chioma loveth says

    Lord ur words are Amen and Amen.
    Let us use his words to live by example

  59. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    please GOD Almighty give me the Grace to touch soul in your Name🙏

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