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…

Saturday, March 24

Saturday, Fourth Week of Lent


So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.
  (from John 7:40-53)


Many of us have heard the words of Jesus for a lifetime.  But do we hear them with the ears of our mind and store the words as we do other pieces of information?  Or do we hear them with the ears of our hearts (Benedict’s phrase) as love letters, learning God’s secrets, God’s hopes, and God’s aspirations for us? 

Someone has said that we either have to believe that Jesus was the Son of God as He claimed or believe that he was crazy, totally deluded.  There is no evidence for the second but is lots of evidence for the first.