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 29 - Passion of Saint John the Baptist


The scene in today’s Gospel (Mk 6:17-29), which is proper for this memorial, tells the sad story:  Herodias nurses a grudge, Herod makes grandiose promises in front of his guests, and the end result is John the Baptist is beheaded.  Neither Herod or Herodias liked what John had to say about their relationship.  Herodias was his brother’s wife—and his brother was still very much alive.  In Jewish law, this was unacceptable.  To prevent John from preaching further, Herod arrests John even though he knows him to be a righteous and holy man.  Our reading also tells us: When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.  Perhaps something was trying to stir in Herod’s heart after all.

What about us?  Are there people in our lives whose words cause us to be perplexed, yet we like to listen to them—even though what they are talking to us about challenge us to grow in our relationship with God?  How do we respond?  Are we willing to be challenged?  Or do we shut them out? 

Take a few moments today to ponder these questions.