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 17

Ascension of the Lord


...as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

(from Acts 1:1-11)


The Apostles, even though Jesus had been teaching and explaining to them after his resurrection that He would be returning to the Father, do seem to be surprised and maybe a little shocked when Jesus did do just that in their presence. 

But we’re all like that, aren’t we?  Even though we know a loved one is dying, that lay-offs are looming at work, the grades on the report card and test scores have been less than stellar, we are surprised when our loved one passes from this life to the next, we’re laid off work, or our child fails a class. 

In the case with the Apostles, Jesus’ Acenscion opens up a new horizon.  One where, after they are empowered by the coming of the Holy Spirit, they become bold proclaimers of the death and resurrection of Christ, and bring many people to believe in Him.

Ascended Lord, helps us to be open to your Holy Spirit so that we, too, may become better at proclaiming our faith in You.