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 04 - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

O God, come to my assistance;
O Lord, make haste to help me!
You are my rescuer, my help;
O Lord, do not delay.

Entrance Antiphon [Ps. 70(69):2,6]

The first two lines from the Entrance Antiphon of today’s Mass are the very words we use each day as we begin Lauds, Terce, Sext/None, Vespers and Compline. 

These same words are a wonderful way to respond to the challenge offered by St. Paul in his letter to the Colossians in today’s second reading.  St. Paul is calling, challenging the Colossians to literally put to death those things that separate them from Christ and to put on the new self, which is being renewed… in the image of its creator.  The reality is that we cannot do this without God’s help.

What is it that separates us from God?  It may be what afflicted the Colossians:  immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry.  Or we could be afflicted with indifference, be dispassionate, or see ourselves as the victim and not part of the solution. 

We are called to have a greater vision:  to store up treasure in heaven, not hear on earth (see today’s Gospel - Luke 12:13-21).  How do we do this?  By fixing our eyes on Christ.  And when temptations come, and they will, we need to remember where our strength lies:  in Christ, and to call out to him in our need:  O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me!