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…

Saturday, June 9

Saturday, Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”

(from Mark 12:38-44)

The widow in today’s Gospel shows us a tremendous example of sacrificial love. While all the others who gave to the temple treasury more or less knew how they would continue to earn their living, the widow didn’t. We may assume that she also was childless—without a support from a grown child—since Jesus tells us she gave all she had.

She allowed herself to be totally reliant on God, and He no doubt blessed her trust in Him. How are we called upon to exercise this total reliance on God today?

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, example of sacrificial love, make our hearts like unto Yours.