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…

Tuesday, June 26

Tuesday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time

“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”

(from 7:6, 12-14)

It is likely that St. Benedict had this scripture in mind while writing the Prologue to his Rule.  It is interesting though how he uses it:  It is bound to be narrow at the outset.  But as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexprssible delight of love (Prologue, Rule of St. Benedict, Verses 48-49). 

St. Benedict breaks it open for us:  as we grow in our spiritual life, as our love increases then what was hard and difficult at the outset is made easy.

O Lord, increase our faith and our love, that we may run on the path of your commandments!