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 08 - St Dominic

St. Dominic
Priest, Religious Founder

“Who do the people say the Son of Man is?”  When we introduce ourselves, we tend to identify ourselves by name and by what our occupation is.  Jesus begins the conversation in today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 16:13-23) by identifying who He is, the Son of Man.  He then moves on to asking who the people think He is and finally asks who his disciples thinks He is. 

Simon Peter could not have answered except with the help of the Holy Spirit:  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  His answer brought Jesus’ assurance that he was the rock upon which Christ would build his Church and gave him the power to bind or loose sins.  Pretty heady stuff! 

Poor Simon Peter, he soon is back to his pessimistic tendencies, although in his shoes we probably all would be responding that way.  He didn’t want to loose Jesus, and here Jesus was telling them how he would have to suffer and be killed.  He missed the raised up on the third day part, but then again he may have stopped listening after hearing about the “be killed” remark.

Jesus’ rebuke to Peter (and to us!), is meant to raise our thoughts above the human plane and raise it to how God thinks.

What are the situations in your life that Jesus is asking to you see through His eyes?  Take a few moments today to ponder just this question.