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…

Friday, April 20

Friday, Second Week of Easter


So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.

(from Acts 5:34-42)


Gamaliel had just advised the Sanhedrin to be careful about how they handled this situation of Jesus’ followers proclaiming His Resurrection.  If this movement was of a human origin, it would die out as had other movements once the leader had died.  If this movement were from God, nothing could stop it.

The Sanhedrin then had the disciples flogged and forbade them teach anything about Jesus.

The disciples instead rejoiced that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.

The disciples’ response is so amazing because days or weeks before these proclaimers were cowards and traitors.  Lord, touch our hearts with your presence that we too cannot but proclaim the wonderful things you have done for us.