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, May 28

Monday, Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Although you have not seen him you love him;
even though you do not see him now yet you believe in him,
you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of faith, the salvation of your souls.

(1 Peter 1:3-9)

The closing lines of today’s first reading has echoes of Jesus’ words to Thomas in St. John’s Gospel, blessed are those who have not seen me yet still believe (John 20:29).  Our faith in Jesus does not rely on being able to perceive Him with our senses, but on knowing His presence with our hearts, placing our hope and trust in Him and His word. 

Today in the United States we observe Memorial Day, a day set aside for all Americans to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country and the freedoms that we enjoy.  One of the freedoms we enjoy is the freedom of religion.  For this, we should be truly grateful.  There are many places around the world where this is not possible.  While most people look at it as the first “holiday” of the summer, it is important for us to stop and take a few moments to say a prayer of gratitude for these men and women.