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…

Monday, June 4

Monday, Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

He had one other to send, a beloved son.
He sent him to them last of all, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
So they seized him and killed him,
and threw him out of the vineyard.

(from Mark 12:1-12)

Today’s Gospel wasn’t very comfortable for chief priests, elders and scribes.  The last verse tells us that they were seeking to arrest him, but they fead the crowd…  Jesus obviously didn’t make them comfortable. 

He didn’t fit the “mold” of what they expected the Messiah to be.  He didn’t come to overthrow the Roman occupying force, which is what they were looking for.  Jesus spent time with the poor, with sinners, tax collectors.  He ate with those they considered beneath them.  Jesus came to call sinners (yes, that means you and me, too!) to follow Him in a radically different way of thinking.

Are we willing to take the leap of faith and follow on the path Jesus is calling us to?  Or are we too afraid of what others will think? 

Jesus, give us the courage to follow You—wherever You lead!