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 09 18 - 20th Sunday in OT

20th Week in Ordinary Time

...let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. (Heb. 12:1-4)

Having our eyes fixed on Jesus!  In many ways that sounds so simple, yet each of us experiences so my distractions both from every day life as well as from the baggage that we each accumulate from our various experiences.  Baggage weighs us down.  I can remember a parish mission that I attended years ago where the priest used the image of how we carry our baggage around and even though we are doubled over under its weight, we are completely oblivious to its presence.  Sometimes we don’t know how we got to where we are on our journey, and don’t know how to get back to where we belong.

Jesus speaks of a fire that He has come to set on the earth in today’s Gospel (Lk. 12:49-53), and that fire is the Holy Spirit in each of our lives.  To “burn up” the baggage that each of us carries that keeps us from growing in ever deepening union with Him.

Today, take a few moments to ask Jesus what is the particular piece of baggage He most desires to rid you of right now and listen to His voice leading you along the path that leads to the peace and joy of heaven—already here on earth.