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 30 - 21st Week in Ordinary Time


Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 

This parable about the ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom could be about you or me.  We, like they, get drowsy, we fall asleep.  The real question we need to ask ourselves is which group to we belong:  those who had foresight or those who just picked up their lamps and went out the door.

Do we look at the immediate need, or do we see the bigger picture we are being invited to be part of and act accordingly?  That’s the difference between the foolish and the wise.  The wise stopped and thought about what all might happen.  Obviously if they needed their lamps, it was dark.  Equally true is that it might take a while so they thought to bring along extra oil.  Their taking in the bigger picture allowed them to be ready to go into the wedding feast when the bridegroom arrived.

How will the bridegroom, Christ Jesus, find us when He comes.  Are we like the wise or the foolish? 

The good news is that even if we have been foolish, we can become wise.  What it takes is turning to God and allowing Him to help you. 

Where do you fit on the foolish or wise scale?