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, May 29

Tuesday, Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly,
and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

(1 Peter 1:10-16)

These words of St. Peter in today’s first reading are similiar in tone and message of St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians (3:2):  Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.  Whether Peter or Paul, the message is the same:  while we may live in the world, we are to “raise the bar” so to speak, and live as we are already living with Christ in heaven. 

Relying on our own strength, it is impossible.  Rather, we are to imitate Christ:  Be holy because I [am] holy.  Holiness doesn’t come in an instant form, although many people wish it was a simple matter of “open package, stir into 1 cup of water, drink.  Result:  instant holiness.” 

When creating man, God gifted Him with a free will.  It’s up to us to choose the good and reject the bad/evil.  Prayer is what makes it possible.  Making a place in our hearts for God to take up permanent residence, and allowing Him the freedom to transform our lives.