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 05 - Monday 18th week

Monday, 18th Week in Ordinary Time


There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.  These words from Jesus in today’s gospel by St. Matthew (14:13-21) undoubtedly made the disciples wonder what he could possibly mean.  St. Matthew tells us that the crowd numbered 5,000 men, not counting women and children.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed, no matter how you slice it.  I can imagine being incredulous myself.  Cooking dinner for 120 is a challenge, I wouldn’t even what to consider what the quantities would be for 5,000+! 

Jesus, however, knew that his Father, our Father would provide.  Not only did everyone have a mouthful, they all ate and were satisfied!  That in and of itself would have been miracle enough, but Jesus shows us the abundance of the Father:  and they picked up the fragments left over—twelve wicker baskets full

We, too, are invited to bring our five loaves and two fish to the Father:  maybe there’s a situation in our family that needs healing, a loved one struggling with depression or serious illness, maybe it’s us that needs the help of God’s grace to get through another day.  Whatever the need, the Father is there to bless us just as he blessed and multiplied the bread and fish through Jesus’ hands. 

Today let us remember that it’s not on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God (Mt. 4:4) that gives us life.