Notebook

Sowing Light

Two helpful insights from today’s divine office, for the feast of St Luke.

Gregory the Great wrote: ‘One who has no charity towards another should in no way be entrusted with the office of preaching.’ To speak with authority and merit others’ attention, we must first of all see them with benevolence, deeply wanting their good for their own sake. Gregory was a civil servant before he became a bishop. The principle applies, I’d say, to any public discourse.

Then, in the Vigils hymn: the evangelist is called ‘seminator luminis’. Oh to be a sower of light!