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, May 30

Wednesday, Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

”...Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

(from Mark 10:32-45)

Jesus’ words to his apostles in today’s Gospel certainly are not what we hear of the those in worldly power and authority today.  You see titles on books like “Servant Leadership” but you don’t hear much about it.  Jesus, however, came to serve, and ultimately to give his life so that we might once again enjoy eternity in heaven.

Jesus told his apostles that the greatest among you will be your servant.  We, like the apostles, have a difficult time with this saying.  Our culture tells us to look out for your own best interests, to get ahead of the game, to promote yourself.  Jesus tells us to be like himself, meek and humble of heart (Matt 11:29).  To be like Jesus means to die to our self-centered interests and to die to ourselves—to allow Jesus to be our supreme and only example. 

He gave us the example.  We only need to imitate it.