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 2 - 22nd Week in Ordinary Time


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he ahs anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Can you imagine what it must have been like in the synagogue when after having proclaimed these very words from the prophet Isaiah, he said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  Instead of the exclamations of thanksgiving that should have been taking place, Jesus encountered fury from the crowds.  Why?  Partly because they “knew” him, “knew” his family, he grew up there—likely many of the young men his age had been childhood friends.

But Jesus was turning their world upside down with his claims and they couldn’t work past their own knowledge of “who” Jesus was. 

What about us?  Does our knowledge of “who” Jesus is cause us to limit the impact He can have in our lives?  Take a few moments today to see if you are “locking” Jesus into a set place in your life instead of letting him have free reign.