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…

Tuesday, April 10

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.  And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been.  And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”  She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.”  When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?”  She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”  She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.  Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.  But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her.  (John 20:11-18)

Are you aware that Easter has an octave? Christmas also?  What is an octave?  In the life of the Church it is an 8 day period following Easter and Christmas that continues the celebration of these Mysteries to allow time for our minds and hearts to grapple with these incredible realities.

The Gospel each day relates another appearance of the Risen Lord.  Today we see Mary asking the Gardener (Jesus) where he had taken the body. 
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni.”

Do we not long to have Jesus know us by name and call us by name?  What is the sweetest sound on earth?  Our name said in a loving way. 

At the sound of her name with Jesus’ voice filled love recognition, Mary’s heart must have melted.  She would never have expected to hear His voice again.  Yet he was different.  Not only did she not recognize him but also He told her not to cling to Him for needed to ascend to His father.  He was alive but totally other—He was not just resuscitated.

Oh Jesus, can you call each of us by our name?  Can we experience this in our hearts that indeed you do know us and love us above all?