Looking back over the last three posts about the Venerable Bede, there are some thing which stand out from the rest of the story. I would like to point out some of them for us.
1 – Bede was one of the first Christian authors of Britain, and he did it all for the glory of God. We see that here: “He was sure such a work would rebound to the glory of the dear Saviour . . .” Even if we are not as gifted as Bede, we should still take his example, and in anything we do, ‘do it all to the glory of God’*.
2 – His greatest joy was in doing the work of the Lord. And even on his death bed(as the story goes), he wanted to finish his work for God. We can see that joy here: “For many long days he had been employed upon the fondest of his literary undertakings, [translating the Gospels into the language of the people].” Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and with the help of the Spirit, we can have joy in anything we do.
3 – Lastly, what a faith in Christ Bede had! He had faith to see that God would let him finish his translation of the Gospels for the people of England. You cannot but take courage from the amazing strength of faith of Bede. It is evident here: “[T]he scribe, with joyous exultation, exclaims, ‘Master, it is finished!’ With a smile of thankfulness and peace he answers, ‘That is well; you have said truly, is is finished . . .’ . . . and whilst singing, ‘Glory to God the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost’, the soul of the Venerable Bede soars into the regions of the blessed . . .” We should take his example in his trust in the Lord.
Well, those are some of my thoughts on the Venerable Bede; if anyone has a thought or two they would like to share, feel free to do so!
To God’s glory,