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…

Friday, March 23

Friday, Fourth Week of Lent


Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him.  But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.

But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.

Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill?  And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.  Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?  But we know where he is from.  When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”  So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from.  Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.  I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”  So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.  (John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30)


Jesus openly proclaims in today’s reading that He was sent.  His hearers did not understand that He was sent by a loving and merciful Father, but we do.  Their minds were closed—as were their hearts. 

Jesus knew their hardness of heart, and longed just as the word of the Lord had come to the Prophet Ezekiel, to give the people a new heart, and a new spirit, removing their stony hearts, and giving them natural hearts (cf Ezekiel 36:36).

Lord, remove the blindness from our eyes that we may see You in all those we meet, and may our hearts be open to hear your voice.