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 12 - Monday 19th Week

19th Week in Ordinary Time

...what does the Lord, your God, ask of you but to fear the Lord, your God, and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul… (from Dt 10:12-22).  Today’s first reading from the book of Deuteronomy sums up for the Israelites how they are to be in relationship with God.  No hidden agendas.  No fine print.  Simple, straightforward and to the point. 

In St. Mark’s Gospel (12:30-31), we find Jesus reiterating this command and adding something that must have been startling to his hearers:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 

The question we need to ask ourselves is are we doing this?  Is our love so all encompassing that we have this expansive love of God and our neighbor?  Or do I love what I chose about God and in regard to my neighbor?  And if we aren’t loving as we are called, what is the roadblock?  Is it my fears?  My lack of trust?  My past hurts that hold me in bondage?

Today, take a few moments to reflect on this expansive call of love and ask the Lord to show you where you are on the scale.  Lord, help us today to love you without limit or bounds!