The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it do but live and die:
“Life would be easier, if there were someone around to tell you how to live it” - Radio 4 comment.
The primrose lives and flowers driven by a variety of instructions, – genetic, environmental, climatic… This year conditions have coincided to produce primrose perfection.
In ancient Greek philosophical language, such a bundle of information was often called logos. The most basic meaning of logos is something spoken, a word; but here it corresponds perhaps more closely to what we call “information”: bio-logy, the principles, or informing process of bios, life; geo-logy, the principles of the earth, and so on. Some thinkers felt that as there were many such principles of things, logoi, so there must also be one central principle or information bundle, a Logos.
St John begins his Gospel: In the Beginning was the Logos – the Information that brings the created world into Being. That Logos he proclaims to be none other than Jesus.
There is a principle guiding our living: it is the same principle that informs the growth and flowering of the primrose; in our lives it becomes known as Grace and Truth. It is Love.