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…

Sunday, October 14, 2012

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

You are lacking in one thing. 
Go, sell what you have,
and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven;
then come, follow me…

(from the Gospel of Mark, 10:17-30)´╗┐

´╗┐Jesus’ words to the rich young man in today’s Gospel cut him to the quick.  Why?  Not necessarily because he had so many possession but that his possessions possessed him.  He couldn’t believe he had any worth or value without them. 

Jesus was inviting him to know his true worth, his true value.  Mother Teresa said, We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.  Perhaps this was also the rich young man.  Perhaps he only had things and was not loved or cared for. 

Our society and culture always stresses getting more, getting bigger, getting better.  An accumulation of things verses doing those things that have greater value:  spending time, spending ourselves in the service of our loved ones, our neighbors and those whom we encounter.  Today, spend some time and ask yourself what possess you—is it the Lord? or the things you own?