Lectio Lights from the Monastery

Reflections for the Day

Lights from Our Lectio:
The Gospel applied using the Prism of the Rule of St. Benedict

I am the light of the world (John 8:12).  The Gospel captures the light of Christ so that we might meet Him and see ourselves and our world through the light of His love and being.

St. Benedict applies the Gospel to daily living; through the prism of his Rule, separating the light of Christ into “various colors” as through a prism, allowing us to experience the light of Christ in various, pragmatic ways. 

May you find the light of Christ further refracted through our prayer and lectio, enlightening your mind and warming for your heart.

Reflection for day listed here below…

2013 September 12 - 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Thursday


Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one Body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

(Col 3:12-17)

At the close of our annual community retreat, we renewed our monastic profession during Holy Mass.  If we would have picked today’s first reading, we could hardly have found better than the one assigned by Holy Mother Church for this day.  St. Paul’s words to the Colossians are clear, concise and to the point:  this is what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Something new this year was that we each individually, from oldest to youngest in vows, first thanked those in the congregation for their example, their prayer and support which was then followed by an acknowledgement of our own shortcomings and lack of good example with a request for forgiveness and a promise to do better in the future. 

Did this take us out of our comfort zone?  Yes.  Did it enhance the experience of our renewal of vows?  Definitely! 

We acknowledge these same shortcomings and failures to you, ask your forgiveness and promise to do better in the days ahead.  Know, too, that we hold you in our prayer.