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…

Sunday, April 1

Palm Sunday:  An Introduction into Holy Week

Today we begin the week that is rightly called Holy, the week that Jesus by His passion, death and resurrection changed from being made up of ordinary, routine, mundane, petty, even sinful acts to a week that changed the world forever.

Our blessing of the palms takes place in the large room called the Atrium outside of our monastic chapel.  After the blessing of the palms and the reading of the Gospel of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, we process into the chapel singing and carrying the palms. 

The reading of the Passion narrative from Mark is the Gospel with the Priest as Christ, the Prioress as Narrator, one Sisters as “the individuals” and the rest of those present as the crowd.  It is always touching to get the whole event as one narrative and WHY Jesus went through it.

If you have attended the special Mass on Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday, the Liturgy on Good Friday and Easter Vigil Holy Saturday, you know how full that expression of faith is.

Maybe add a time of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament after Mass on Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil Saturday night.

What precious moments of grace!