In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from the treatise "Against the Heresies" by St. Irenaeus (ca. 130 - 202 A.D.) Whenever we take up a Bible we touch Irenaeus’s work, for he played a decisive role in fixing the canon of the New Testament. It is easy for people nowadays to think of Scripture – and the New Testament in particular – as the basis of the Church, but harder to remember that it was the Church itself that had to agree, early on, about what was scriptural and what was not. Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr, was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who was the disciple of St. John the Apostle. For a reflection, "In Christ are the first-fruits of the Resurrection," please click on the image. Peace be with you!