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…

Tuesday, June 5

St. Boniface, Martyr

But according to his promise
we await new heavens and a new earth…

(from 2 Peter 3:12a-15, 17-18)

But according to his promise!  God’s promise (or covenant, in ths case) to Noah in the book of Genesis had a symbol:  the rainbow.  After the waters of the flood had dissipated and Noah, his family and all the animals had come out from the ark, God blessed them and said be fertile and multiply, just as He had after created man on the sixth day.

Yet, in today’s first reading for the first Letter of St. Peter, he tells us that we await new heavens and a new earth.  St. Peter was referring to the end times, sometimes referred to as the Parousia.  We don’t know when this will happen, but it does call us to take each day as a gift and as such to treat it—and those we encounter—as a gift and with care. 

I remember hearing a story once about a group of monks who weren’t very happy and weren’t very nice to each other.  Then one day someone visited who shared that Christ lived among them.  Almost overnight they began to treat each other with care and love, and mirrored that same care and love to all those they encountered.  In a short time, it was an entirely different monastery. 

We all have Christ living among us.  It’s our blindness that prevents us from seeing Christ in each person.  Today, pray for the grace to see Christ in each person you encounter.  Your life will never be the same!