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…

Monday, March 19

St. Joseph, Solemnity


He believed, hoping against hope,
    that he would become the father of many nations.
      (from Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22)


Above St. Paul describes Abraham and how his faith in God that God would be true to His promise despite decades going by and Abraham and Sarah becoming really old.

Upon learning that Mary was pregnant, Joseph must also have “hoped against hope”.  He trusted Mary completely and also knew that she was not carrying his child.  What a dilemma in a culture where being engaged had nearly the binding force of being married and an unwed mother deserved to be stoned!

We always know the end of the Gospel stories but do we really ponder what that was like for Joseph – and for Mary?  And the explanation from the angel that “this child is begotten by the Holy Spirit so do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife”  must not have seemed much of an explanation!

What about the times when we are called upon to “hope against hope” that God will find a way out – not necessarily around – our difficulties, that God still knows where we live, that God can indeed do amazing things.