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…

Wednesday, June 13

Anthony of Padua

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill…

(from Matthew 5:17-19)

These words from Jesus come shortly after the Sermon on the Mount where He taught his disciples the Beatitudes.  The Beatitudes fill out, explain, make explicit the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses. 

Jesus’ words not to abolish but to fulfill show how important it is for us to continue to follow the Ten Commandments—but at the same time challenges us to go further.  Just as the rich young man that we hear about later in St. Matthew’s Gospel (19:16-24), we are challenged not to store up earthly treasure but heavenly.

Today take a few moments in prayer to ask the Lord to show you how He would like you to respond to His call to follow him…