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…

Tuesday, March 20

Tuesday, Fourth Week of Lent

There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.  In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.  One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?”  The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”  Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”  Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.

Now that day was a sabbath.  So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”  He answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’”  They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk?’”  The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.  After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.”  The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well.  Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a sabbath. (John 5:1-16)

Today’s Gospel has so many fascinating aspects.  Apparently hardly able to move by himself, the ill man told Jesus that when the waters were stirred up, others beat him into pool—and this for 38 years!  What torture to see hope so close each time the water was stirred and what disappointment that he was too slow! 

Instead of seeing a miracle before their eyes, the Jews only registered that it was done on a Sabbath and therefore forbidden.  One would think everyone would marvel that a man that many knew since he had been there for 38 years would have rejoiced that God had finally healed him.

And what do we see around us?  God’s daily miracles of sunrises and sunsets, that most of us can read this, get around by ourselves, have enough to eat, a warm home, family and friends?  Or do we focus on what we are missing?  Those situations or reactions of loved ones that so capture our attention that we steam over a comment, over a card that was not sent or over a card we did not find appropriate?  A gift given or a gift not given?  We can find offense in so many directions.

O Lord, keep us focused on You in our life so that we may focus on how blessed we are.