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…

Thursday, April 12

Thursday of the Octave of Easter

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.

(from Luke 24:35-48)

If the early disciples of Jesus had made up the story of the Resurrection, surely they would have “edited” the above and other similar passages that show the disciples incredulous that Jesus was alive and alive in a whole new way!

While trying to process the report that some of their members had met Jesus on the way to Emmaus, broke bread with them etc., the apostles were not reassured by Jesus standing before them and greeting them with “Peace.”

Instead they were terrified and thought they saw a ghost.

Jesus walked them through the “proofs”:  He has hands and feet and flesh, He asks for something to eat and then explained the Scriptures that had foretold that the Messiah had to suffer and die and rise.
Oh Lord, be our mentor and shed the light of Scriptures not only on your life but on our life as well.