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, May 31

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, Feast

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”

(from Luke 1:39-56)

These words from St. Luke’s Gospel form part of our Liturgy of the Hours each day. Each evening at Vespers we chant Mary’s answer in response to Elizabeth’s salutation to her at their meeting.

Mary’s fiat to the angel finds broader expression. Likely during her journey to visit Elizabeth, Mary must have turned over Gabriel’s visit and words to her many times. Searching out the nuances, considering texts from the Torah she would have heard proclaimed in the synagogue.

Mary’s canticle, or as we know it today as the Magnificat, praised God, acknowledged His blessings in her life, in the life of her people, and most importantly, the fulfillment of His promise,

Today, take some time to ponder Mary’s words and how God is at work in your life as well. May we also be able to proclaim the greatness of the Lord!