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 5

Holy Thursday

What an awesome day!  Jesus meeting with His disciples to celebrate the Passover, Jesus changing the Passover into something new with the words, “This is my body, this is my blood, the blood of the new covenant; do this in remembrance of me.” 

Jesus wiping the feet of His disciples—something that only a slave would do but never a host. 

Jesus sensing that Judas was about to betray Him as Peter was about to deny him and His flock would be scattered.  Jesus in the Garden, brought to His knees with bloody sweat on His forehead and the most human of all prayers on His lips: Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. 

This morning we begin with the traditional monastic Tenebrae (the Latin word for “darkness”, the time when sin and death overcomes the light of the world.

A triangular candlestick with seven brown candles on each side and one white candle on the top (symbolizing Christ) stands in between the choirs of nuns or monks.  After each psalm is prayed, a candle is extinguished.  At the end, the Christ candle is carried from the church and extinguished.  A few minutes later the extinguished candle is again placed on the top of the triangle and the church is dark.

This beautiful Office occurs on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday and lasts about one hour and thirty minutes.

Have a blessed Holy Thursday!