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…

Saturday, April 21

Saturday, Second Week of Easter


It is I. Do not be afraid.
(from John 6:16-21)


We know that Pope John Paul II repeated over and over again, “Do not be afraid” as Jesus great gift to us.

Jesus’ appearance to the disciples in the boat has many facets.  It is dark, the winds are blowing hard and they are rowing even harder.  Then they see Jesus and they saw Jesus coming toward them and they were afraid!  We would think they would have calmed down if they saw Jesus coming!

Then Jesus spoke those words which reassure us as well:  “It is I.  Do not be afraid.”  One would think that He would get into the boat as invited but instead the boat arrived immediately at the shore!

Our boats are often rocked by winds: winds created by personal baggage, winds provided by culture, winds of family dynamics, storms of economic turndowns, etc.  Jesus, remind us to look to you for you alone can give us the peace that the world cannot give.