Preaching: giving what has been received

Augustine saw his role as preacher, and the role of all preachers, as feeding the flock. The scriptural idea of breaking bread or feeding the multitude drives his view of preaching. “I go to feed so that I can give you to eat,” he writes. “I am the servant, the bringer of food, not the master of the house. I lay out before you that from which I also draw my life.” He told Jerome, “If I do gain any stock of knowledge, I pay it out immediately to the people of God.”

Augustine of Hippo, Peter Brown, (1966) 252.

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