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…

Friday, June 8

Friday, Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Those who love your law have great peace…
(from Psalm 119)

These words from today’s Responsorial Psalm, remind me of a hymn that I’ve know now for decades:  Where Charity and Love Prevail.  It is through the love of Christ that we know peace.  And it is because of that love is self-emptying, that Christ suffered and died for our sins. 

Love seems to be a motif that has flowed through our readings these last few days, and likely it’s no accident.  We are in the days before the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that one would pray a Novena to the Sacred Heart.  Jesus, at the Last Supper, tells his disciples, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I giveto you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let then be afraid (John 14:27).  Peace, too, is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that St. Paul lists in his Letter to the Galatians (5:22-23).  And in the Letter to the Colossians, St. Paul writes by making peace through the blood of his cross (1:20).

Today, let the peace of Christ reign in your heart today. 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, channel of peace, make our hearts like unto Yours.