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…

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St. Bernard
Abbot, Doctor of the Church

“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”  (Mt. 19:23-30)

When I was young, this saying fascinated me.  The only “eye of the needle” that I knew about was the one I would sometimes struggle with when I would try to sew or embroider.  There was no way a camel could fit through that!

However, as I grew older I learned that it was a gate in Jerusalem that was opened after the large gates into the city were closed for the night.  Anyone coming late would have to dismount and unload his camel and the camel himself would have to stoop down in order to pass through.

Baggage.  We talked about that on Sunday too.  Jesus so desires to unburden us.  He even tells us “For men this (being saved) is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”  We may think that it is impossible to get rid of all the baggage that we have accumulated through our life, yet Jesus is will—and able if we let Him—to remove the baggage that holds us bound in our sinful tendencies. 

He so desires that we will inherit eternal life, the question may be:  Are we willing to allow Him to help us live in the freedom of the sons and daughters of God?