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 August 31 - 21st Week in Ordinary Time


Today’s Gospel parable (Mt 25:14-30) is one that’s well known:  “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.  To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability.

The man knew and appreciated the differences in their abilities and allocated this possession accordingly.  He didn’t expect the one whose talent was more limited to do the most, only to perform according to his gifts and abilities. 

Unfortunately the man allowed his own fears to govern his decisions and so went and buried his master’s money.

Upon his return after a long time, the master called his servants to see how well they did.  The first two mentioned in the parable were industrious and doubled the money they had been given.  We, like these two, enjoy to hear the words, ‘Well don, my good and faithful servant.  Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.  Come, share your master’s joy.’ 

However, we at times are like that last servant in the parable and allow our fear overtake us and “bury the talents” so to speak with which we have been entrusted. 

How are you using the talents you have been given?