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 07 - Wed 18th Week

Wednesday, 18th Week in Ordinary Time


O woman, great is your faith!  Let it be done as you wish! (Matthew 15:21-28)  Can you imagine the delight that must have filled the Canaanite woman’s heart at these words?  Her dear, beloved daughter would no longer be tormented by a demon.  The disruption of their lives would be over.  And why?  because of her faith!  All she wanted was a scrap from the master’s table, and she knew it would be enough. 

Is our faith so great?  Or do we try to bargain with God (and others!)?  At one time or another, we’ve all uttered those prayers:  “Lord, if you get me out of this situation, I promise I will be a better person”  “Lord, if you cure my loved one of cancer, I’ll go to Mass every Sunday.”  “Lord, if you….”—fill in the blank. 

What Jesus was asking of this Canaanite woman is how much she believed and trusted that He could do this.  And she refuted his every rebuttal, showing that she did indeed believe in him.

Let us ask the Lord that our faith be so great.