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…

Monday, April 2

Monday of Holy Week

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.  Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.  Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?”  He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions.  So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.  Let her keep this for the day of my burial.  You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.
(John 12:1-11)

What a complex scene of varied personalities, emotions and motives describes the dinner party in honor of Jesus to celebrate Lazarus’ being raised from the dead.  One wonders who were the attendees and how many.

Five are named:  Jesus who was aware of his impending death, Martha who served, Lazarus at table with Jesus, Mary who anointed Jesus’ feet with incredibly expensive perfumed oil and Judas the betrayer concerned about the “waste” of this costly oil – not out of his concern for the poor but concern for his pocket.

Were all the apostles there?  Some of the disciples?  The people who came to see Lazarus—did they stand outside?  Were there chief priests there or did they send informers? 

Mary sensed He needed comfort, a gesture of affirmation, friendship and gave it generously, symbolic of how totally Jesus would give Himself for us.

Lord help us to see you in others, to pour out our hearts for you as you did for us.