Meaning - today
The Lindisfarne Gospels is considered to be one of the greatest
masterpieces of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic art. It is remarkable
for its intricate designs, glowing colours and consummate
workmanship. But we also see its amazing survival - intact
- over the centuries as a greatly respected link with the
beginnings of Christianity in the West. Scholars have taken
a keen interest in this volume over the years and many Christians
continue to see the work as a holy relic and cult object.
Even without faith, many people see such witnesses to the
past as valuable clues to their identities.
How can we understand what motivated Cuthbert and Eadfrith?
Today we still celebrate people who embody beliefs, such
as Gandhi and Martin Luther King. We also respect movements
and charities to help those in need. Cuthbert stood for something
similar - providing aid, hope and working for social justice.
For him feeding the body was not enough. What mattered was
feeding the spirit and achieving unity with all Creation.
The Lindisfarne Gospels remains an eloquent testimony to