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 18

Friday, Sixth Week of Easter

Do not be afraid.
(from Acts 18:9-18)

These words from today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles often rang out in various audiences, homilies and addresses given by Blessed John Paul II.  It was true then, it was true when Paul heard it from Christ in a vision, it is true today.

All too often we confuse the meaning of afraid with only fear.  Afraid means feeling regret or reluntance.  Jesus to Paul and Blessed John Paul II both were urging, encouraging, charging not to let our own reluctance to keep us from proclaiming our faith in Christ and sharing that faith with those we encounter.

Are we bold in our faith, or are we closet Christians?  Are we couragous enough to speak up when someone puts down our faith?  Are we willing to stand up and witness to our love for Christ and his Church. 

These days leading up to Pentecost are a wonderful opportunity for us to pray to the Holy Spirit to empower us, so that we, too, may not be timid in our faith.  That we like the Apostles on that first Pentecost may speak out boldly about Jesus’ death and resurrection. 

Holy Spirit, make your home in me!