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…

Thursday, June 14

Friday, Tenth Week of Ordinary TIme

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.

(from Matthew 5:20-26)

Reconciliation.  At various times and places throughout our life, we all need to reconcil with someone we love—sometimes because we have hurti someone unknowingly.  Needing to ask for forgiveness is not easy, sometimes its awkward or humiliating.  But that’s only half of the story.  The one whose forgiveness is requested also has a vary tremendous part to play:  they have to forgive.  Then, and only then, can reconciliation happen. 

It’s the same with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  In this sacrament we acknowledge with humility to Christ through his minister the priest that we have sinned.  We express our sorrow.  We resolve to amend our life.  We accept and fulfill the penance we have been given.  Then the most wonderful and awesome part occurs:  we are absolved of our sins—Christ forgives us.

Today’s reading asks us to take stock of our life.  Is there someone I need to reconcile with?  Ask Jesus for the grace and humility to be able to go to them and ask for their forgiveness.  Wouldn’t our world be a much different place if everyone would do just this?