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 08 16 - Friday 19th Week OT

Friday, 19th Week in Ordinary Time


His mercy endures forever.  This response to today’s Responsorial Psalm is such an awesome and tremendous statement about our God.  His mercy is without end.  It’s meaning is like that of a wedding ring—without end—and we hear that so eloquently stated in today’s Gospel (Mt. 19:3-12):  Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.  The union of a man an woman is symbolic of Christ and the Church—and truly expresses how we flounder about without God present in our lives. 

Yes, we may bumble about as we seek to enter into ever deepening union with Him, but it’s not of Christ’s side—it’s on ours.  Yes, even while seeking to deepen our communion with Him, we inadvertently put up road blocks and stumbling stones.  And that’s one of the big places his mercy comes in.  Yes, we stumble and fall into sinful ways or tendencies, but Christ is waiting or us to turn to Him and seek His forgiveness, His healing.

All merciful Lord,
help us to always remember
that your mercy endures forever.
May we unhesitatingly call upon You
in times of temptation and trial.
And when those occasions arise and we fall,
help us to come close to You again.
Amen.