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 7

If we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.

(1 John 4:12)


These words from the Gospel verse from today’s Mass are powerful indeed.  The first word, if, is so often used in our conversation.  “If I had done this…”  “If this happens…” 

In his letter, St. John tells us that If we love one another…  The love John is referring to is not the warm fuzzy love we so often think of when we hear the word love.  The love he has in mind is more of the love that we express by bearing with, being compassionate with, suffer with.  The love that is willing to go the extra mile. 

When we love others selflessly, then God can remain in us because we are loving as He loves. 

Lord, help me to love as You love so that your love may be brought to perfection in me…