“You have given to us Your fellowship, not that You were in need of us, but that we are always in need of You.” — Odes of Solomon 3:9
Are we so arrogant that we think of ourselves as if God is in need of us? Does our pride stand in the way of progressing in the Light of the truth? Are we examples of the living Word of God, the holy teaching of Maran? Are we helping others to seek the fellowship of God as the source of all good and righteousness?
“He who recites a psalm is like those who weave a beautiful garland, while those who answer after him are like those who put roses in his hands.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 58:3
The Holy Book encourages us to use psalms in our prayers. Psalm 76:7, a quote of Mar Mani, says: “He that sings a mazmora (psalm) is like one who weaves a garland.” If we are blessed enough to be accompanied in our prayers with a brother or sister, they can give the responses to the psalms, as the Gospel says, “those who answer after him are like those who put roses in his hands.”
The Living Cross, as explained by Mar Mani, is the soul imprisoned in matter. The Holy Book warns that we are not to “recklessly and greedily” bring harm to the Living Cross.
Bringing harm to the Living Cross is done so by our eating, but the Holy Book also recognizes the obvious need for the human body to consume food. However, it says that when we do, it should not be done “recklessly and revelling in gluttony and greed.” Mar Mani teaches us that we should eat when in hunger and drink when in thirst so as to “derive nourishment for your bodies.”
“There is nothing at all that is free from suffering which will rest at its end; even the very seed that is sown finds no way to live unless it dies, but through its death it lives and gives life as well.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 55:7
Everything that exists, everything that is living, suffers. Whether it is human, lower animals or even plant life, all suffer. However, we must remember the fact that we are not alone in our pain and agony throughout our existence on this earth.
“Tell [the sons of men] to practice that which is virtuous for liberation from the world of darkness unto the Kingdom of Light.” — Prophecy of the Sun 5:3
Have I been living a virtuous life? Is my lifestyle in accordance with the Will of the Father of Greatness as it has been revealed by the Teacher of Light?
Do I have appreciation for the gifts given to me by the Father? Do I exhibit gratitude for the numerous blessings that I have received from the Kingdom of Light?