On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we bring you the final installment of our Need We Say More series, the second reading from today’s Office of Readings: an excerpt from a commentary of St. Luke’s Gospel by St. Bede.
Bede, who died in the eighth century, was a historian and Doctor of the Church. One of the most learned men of his time, he wrote many commentaries on scripture, though he is most famous for the Ecclesiastical History of the English People.
At age seven his family gave him into the care of a nearby monastery, governed by the abbot St. Benedict Biscop. He himself says, “From that time I have spent the whole of my life within that monastery, devoting all my pains to the study of the Scriptures, and amid the observance of monastic discipline and the daily charge of singing in the Church, it has been ever my delight to learn or teach or write.”
His life is an example of the incredible contribution to learning, culture, and the preservation of history to which the monks of his time devoted their lives.
Please click on the image below to listen to a short reading from a commentary on St. Luke’s Gospel by St. Bede, courtesy of Sr. Grace Marie.