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…

Wednesday, April 25

Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist

Clothe yourselves with humility
in your dealings with one another…

(from 1 Peter: 5:5b-14)

Humility!  In our culture it is aking to Pilate asking, “Truth!  What is truth?”

The word in almost un-American for “I can” are the last two syllables of “American”! 

With self-help books urging one to stand up for oneself, with adds assuring us that we are “Number One”, the courses promoting “looking after yourself for you deserve the best”, humility can be falsely equated with being a doormat.  Far from the truth!

Humility is knowing that God loves us and therefore we have worth.  When we have worth, we can give of ourselves.  It is the difference between a tax and buying a gift.  A tax is extracted from us; we would prefer not to pay but we “have to”. 

Even thought a gift may cost more money and we have worked hard to save up the money, we only think of the happiness this gift will bring the receiver—not the cost to ourselves.

Humility reminds us that we are based in God, rooted in God, begotten by God.  We have a worth that no one can “bestow” nor can anyone take away.

Lord, help me to know how precious we are in your sight.