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…

Sunday, June 3

Trinity Sunday

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

(From Matthew 28:16-20)

These closing lines of St. Matthew’s Gospel contain both a commission (go…and make disciples)and a promise (I am with you always).  We enjoy the relationship we have today with the Holy Trinity precisely because of that commision and promise.  The apostles did not keep their faith and knowledge of God to themselves; they went forth proclaiming the Good News to all the world.  And even today, that Good News continues to be proclaimed and we, too, enjoy Jesus presence with us.

The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is at times hard to grasp:  one God, yet three distinct persons.  St. Joseph of Cupertino probably had a simple explanation.  He folded a blanket in thirds - three separate folds, yet when unfolded one single blanket.  St. Patrick is credited with using a shamrock - three leaves, yet one plant. 

Today, take a few moments to ponder this Prayer to the Holy Trinity:

Glory be to the Father,
Who by His almighty power and love created me,
making me in the image and likeness of God.
Glory be to the Son,
Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,
and opened for me the gates of heaven.
Glory be to the Holy Spirit,
Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism,
and continues to sanctify me
by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.

Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity,
now and forever.  Amen.