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…

Friday, May 25

Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church, Memorial

Peter was distressed that he [Jesus] had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”

(from John 21:15-19)

Many of us are familiar with Peter’s threefold denial of Christ after He was arrested in the Garden; hopefully, we are just as familiar with Peter’s threefold confession of love. 

One can almost hear the anguish in Peter’s voice:  you know everyithing!  Yes, Christ knows everything about us—and loves us inspite of our sinfulness and failure.  He loves us on our good days and our bad days.  He loves us even when we don’t love ourselves.  And that’s probably one of the hardest concepts to wrap our minds around:  the immensity of love that God has for humanity in general and each of us individually.

Today take a few moments asking the Spirit to enflame your heart with that same fire of love with which God loves us.  Life can be a wild ride with the Spirit—but who better to have on the journey!