St. Luke is a man after my own heart. He had the privilege of interviewing the Virgin Mary and thoughtfully recounting what she told him about her life with Jesus.
As a journalist, this makes my heart want to sing. Any interview would pale in comparison to interviewing the Queen of Heaven. And that’s what St. Luke did. He also painted her portrait, many of which hang in special shrines around the world (like Our Lady of Czestochowa). I’m sure Michelangelo, Giotto, and Caravaggio can only have holy jealousy over that one.
We know St. Luke interviewed the Blessed Mother because he tells us so at the beginning of his Gospel.
“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you.”
He also states, “And his mother kept all these things in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)
Biblical scholars interpret this as St. Luke obtaining the information directly from the Virgin Mary. She would have been the one to tell of Christ’s birth, the visit of the Magi, the flight into Egypt, and other first-hand accounts. Luke was also St. Paul’s close confidant and wrote down what Paul did and said. The movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ, with actor Jim Caviezel, does a wonderful job exploring this friendship. Luke’s God-given abilities to preserve for the Christian faithful an accurate account of events is inspirational.
St. Luke, pray for us!