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 17

Saturday, Third Week of Lent

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 8:9-14)

Today’s Gospel reading fits so well to the Lenten season. The “known sinner”—the tax collector—got it right: ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ He knew his sinfulness. He knew his limitations. He knew he needed God’s mercy.

Unfortunately, the Pharisee was too busy telling God all the “wonderful” things he did, but he forgot that his very existence was a gift from God. Not too many people like those who say by their words or actions, “Look at me, I’m better than all of you!”

The humility of the tax collector is something we all can learn from and something we all can work at imitating.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine!