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 7

Thursday, Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”

(from Mark 12:28-34)

These lines from today’s Gospel reading spell out—albeit all too clearly for us at times—what our love is supposed to be like:  to love God with our entire being and to love our neighbor as we love ourself.  It’s called to be a personal love.  Not something distant:  I love the poor, starving AIDs orphans in Tanzania.  Great, wonderful, but what about your next door neighbor whose struggling with depression and could really use a kind word and some encouragement? 

Too often we all fall into the trap of only loving those who can do something for us.  Jesus gave us an entirely different example to follow:  He loved everyone, even those who eventually were the instruments of this crucifixion and death—and even forgave them.  While we likely will not experience the need to forgive in that radical way, we are called to love that radically. 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of selfless love for others, make our hearts like unto Yours.