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…

2013 August 21 - St. Pius X


We’re all familiar with the concept of an hourly wage, and more especially, the paycheck that comes from putting in the hours.  That’s what makes today’s parable in St. Matthew’s Gospel (20:1-16) so challenging!  The good news is that it was challenging for Jesus’ hearers as well.

Yet there is a different way of approaching these “hourly” workers:  it could be looked at to be when they turned to the Lord and followed Him.  The best known, shortest term follower of Jesus is St. Dismis—he only began to follow Jesus while he hung on the cross beside Him during the crucifixion.  Yes, there’s hope for everyone!

Today, take a few moments to reflect on the blessings you have received from the Lord.  Are there some that you haven’t noticed along the way as well.  After you have done this, take the opportunity to thank Him in prayer for that He has done for you!