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…

Monday, June 11

Barnabas, Apostle

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

(from Matthew 5:1-12)

The text of today’s Gospel reading is one that is comfortingly familiar, and one that most everyone can “find” a line they identify themselves with.  The challenge is that we are to identify with every line.  This is Jesus’ “job description” of what it means to be a Christian. 

Unlike a cafeteria where one can pick and choose, being Catholic comes with specific guidelines for our lives.  To be authentically Catholic, one needs to mirror Christ.  It isn’t easy, and yes, we will fall along the way. 

In his great mercy, God sees into our heart and knows that we are trying, and gives us the grace to persevere.

Jesus, I trust in You!