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 6

Wednesday, Ninth Week in Ordinary TIme

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.

(from 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12)

Love.  This one word resonates throughout scripture.  It is because of love that the Father created.  It is because of love that Jesus took on our humanity and died for our sins.  It is because of the love of the Father and the Son, that the Spirit lives and moves among us.

It is a self-emptying love, a compassionate love that we are meant to mirror.  That is why Paul tells Timothy that God did not give us a spirit of cowardice…  The love we are to have is not wishy-washy.  It is strong.  It is powerful.  It is meant to be selfless, without preoccupation, or hardness.  It means to share in the sufferings of others, and to work to alleviate that suffering.  We are to empathize with their pain and hardships, not turn our back and walk away. 

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