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…

Thursday, March 22

Thursday, Fourth Week of Lent

The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once to your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved.  They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it, sacrificing to it and crying out, ‘This is your God, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’”  The Lord said to Moses, “I see how stiff-necked this people is.  Let me alone, then, that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.  Then I will make of you a great nation.”

But Moses implored the Lord, his God, saying, “Why, O Lord, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and with so strong a hand?  Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent he brought them out, that he might kill them in the mountains and exterminate them from the face of the earth’?  Let your blazing wrath die down; relent in punishing your people.  Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and how you swore to them by your own self, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky; and all this land that I promised, I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’”  So the LORD relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people.  (Exodus 32:7-14)

We smirk at the idea of a people worshipping a molten calf made by their own hands until we think of what we create that becomes our god.  People might never consider “worship” in connection with their I-pods, I pads, smart phones, computers etc. until they figure out both the time and what their time on these modern media focus on.

Secularism, the world without a god, replaces God,  Relativism, our minds tell us, proposes a reality where there are no absolutes so that god is whatever you think is true.

Some people base their well being on the stock market, a god of comfort.

Lord, reveal yourself to us anew that You have created each of us in your own image and likeness.  We are an expression of God never again to be replicated.  Help us to see you as the Creator of this wonderful universe.  Help us to recognize that indeed You are God and we are not!