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 September 8 - 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If anyone comes after me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”  (Luke 14:25-33)

On first glance, these words seen harsh, demanding, uncaring.  Yet, so often we put so many things before our love of Jesus and I think perhaps that is what He is trying to bring across.  We need to make Him #1 in our lives—then we can truly love all those around us with the same love with which He loves them.  An unselfish, life-giving love that only wants what is best for the individual regardless of the cost to self.  That is a tall order, but do-able when we open the door of our hearts and allow Jesus in to work in our lives.

There is no doubt, it is a challenge, a leap of faith to put Jesus above everything and everyone else.  He knows that it can be difficult for us.  He is, however, there ready to assist us through the Spirit to an amazing new life grace.  The question is, “Are you willing to trust Him?”