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 06 - Transfiguration

Transfiguration of the Lord

In a resplendent cloud the Holy Spirit appeared.
The Father’s voice was heard:  This is my beloved Son,
with whom I am well pleased.  Listen to him.

Entrance Antiphon of the Mass

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.  These words of the Father were uttered one other time in scripture:  when Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan.  In the Gospel readings for today’s feast, we are given an additional admonition:  Listen to him.  Listening is different from hearing.  To listen is to hear with thoughtful attention, to give consideration.  We can hear a loud noise, but we listen to a conversation.  We give heed.  A very high compliment that can be paid to someone is to tell them they are a good listener. 

We all want people to listen o us, but are we listening to the Lord?  Are we giving thoughtful attention to His Word?  Giving time for silent prayer so that He may speak to us in the depth of our hearts?

Perhaps that is the message of today’s feast:  learning to give silent heed to the Lord so that we do not miss what He is trying to say to us, to the gifts He most desires to give to us.

So the question is, “Are you listening?”