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 12

Monday, Third Week of Easter

Naaman, the army commander of the king of Aram, was highly esteemed and respected by his master, for through him the Lord had brought victory to Aram.  But valiant as he was, the man was a leper.  Now the Arameans had captured in a raid on the land of Israel a little girl, who became the servant of Naaman’s wife.  “If only my master would present himself to the prophet in Samaria,” she said to her mistress, “he would cure him of his leprosy.”  Naaman went and told his lord just what the slave girl from the land of Israel had said.  “Go,” said the king of Aram.  “I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.”  So Naaman set out, taking along ten silver talents, six thousand gold pieces, and ten festal garments.  To the king of Israel he brought the letter, which read:  “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy.”

When he read the letter, the king of Israel tore his garments and exclaimed:  “Am I a god with power over life and death, that this man should send someone to me to be cured of leprosy?  Take note! You can see he is only looking for a quarrel with me!”  When Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his garments, he sent word to the king:  “Why have you torn your garments?  Let him come to me and find out that there is a prophet in Israel.”

Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house.  The prophet sent him the message:  “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will heal, and you will be clean.”  But Naaman went away angry, saying, “I thought that he would surely come out and stand there to invoke the Lord his God, and would move his hand over the spot, and thus cure the leprosy.  Are not the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than all the waters of Israel?  Could I not wash in them and be cleansed?”  With this, he turned about in anger and left.

But his servants came up and reasoned with him.  “My father,” they said, “if the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary, would you not have done it?  All the more now, since he said to you, ‘Wash and be clean,’ should you do as he said.”  So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of the man of God.  His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

He returned with his whole retinue to the man of God.  On his arrival he stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.”  (2 Kings 5:1-15ab)

Who cannot be drawn into this story of Naaman the leprous army commander sent by his king to Israel to see the prophet on the word of a slave girl!  The king of Israel faced with incredible gifts and a more incredible note asking him to cure Naaman knew that this was a trap on the part of the king of Aram.

When the prophet Elisha heard of the king’s situation, he asked to see Naaman.  Naaman was outside the prophet’s dwelling and met by Elisha’s servant to “go and bathe in the Jordan seven times.’  Naaman had expected a personal meeting, special words or acts to do—after all there were rivers in Aram!

His servants reasoned: if you had been told something difficult to do, would you not have done it?  What have you to lose?

We know the ending:  Naaman did that, was cured and returned saying that he now knew that there was no God on earth except in Israel. 

When we ask God to do His will, do we often want to hear the obvious of doing our daily duties with greater love and devotion?  Do we notice how God is present in our “Jordan River” or in our homes, workplaces, family situations?

Lord Jesus, cure us of our expectations of how you should be in our daily lives and let us seek and discover you in them now.