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Lenten Wisdom From Irenaeus

One of my Lenten season disciplines this year is to read the daily texts from the Office of Readings. I bought the 4-volume Liturgy of the Hours set last year, yet have been sporadic in my readings. I have enjoyed the readings, and found them very helpful. This excerpt from Irenaeus made a strong impact on me, particularly the bolded phrase:

…Nor did the Lord need our service. He commanded us to follow him, but his was the gift of salvation. To follow the Saviour is to share in salvation; to follow the light is to enjoy the light. Those who are in the light do not illuminate the light but are themselves illuminated and enlightened by the light. They add nothing to the light; rather, they are beneficiaries, for they are enlightened by the light.

The same is true of service to God: it adds nothing to God, nor does God need the service of man. Rather, he gives life and immortality and eternal glory to those who follow and serve him. He confers a benefit on his servants in return for their service and on his followers in return for their loyalty, but he receives no benefit from them. He is rich, perfect and in need of nothing.

The reason why God requires service from man is this: because he is good and merciful he desires to confer benefits on those who persevere in his service. In proportion to God’s need of nothing is man’s need for communion with God.

Shameless Lenten Plug

We have a lot of Lent resources over at ChurchYear.Net. These include Lent Prayers, Lent Canticles, and the Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan. Also, we can’t forget about our main All About Lent page, which contains information and history about this major Church season.

Bless The Lord, Ice and Cold

…Bless the Lord, all powers,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever…
Bless the Lord, all rain and dew,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, all winds,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, fire and heat,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, winter cold and summer heat,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, dews and snows,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, nights and days,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, light and darkness,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, ice and cold,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, frosts and snows,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever…

From Daniel 3, “Song of the 3 Young Men”