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 24

Thursday, Seventh Week of Easter

I bless the Lord who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the Lord ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

(from Psalm 16)

Who wouldn’t want the Lord as a counselor?  God who knows all things so His counsel is perfect. 

So often the events of everyday life, our family relationships, problems at work, etc., wear us down.  We rely on ourselves and fail miserably—after all, we are Americans and we have that pull yourself up by your own bootstrap mentality in our DNA.  Yet, even more importantly we are Christians—we believe in Jesus Christ—and as such are invited to have a relationship with Him.  He desires at all times to be part of our lives to counsel, to console, to exhort, to guide and to protect. 

We—and this is the hard part all too often—need to rely totally on Him.  Not give Him our cares and concerns only to take them back without allowing Him to help us carry the burden.  What are you carrying today?  Your own yoke or the yoke Christ would have you carry?  Remember, He tells us that that His yoke is easy and His burden light (Matt 11:30).