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…

Wednesday, May 16

Wednesday, Sixth Week of Easter


Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

(John 16:12-15)


Today’s reading from St. John’s Gospel comes toward the beginning of Jesus’ discourse about his departure and the coming of the Advocate.  The Apostles probably were not thinking much about the Spirit, but more about what Jesus said in the beginning of the text:  but you cannot bear it now.  All too likely they were thinking about the immediate present and not might happen in the near or not too distant future.  Jesus has told them that he will die a horrible death and what they would face:  expolsion from the synagogues, and even death themselves.

Certainly not the future as they had planned it out:  Jesus triumphant.  Jesus overthrowing the Romans.  Jesus all powerful, and themselves in favored places in Jesus new earthly kingdom.  Jesus raises the bar for them and shows something better, something greater.  And it is precisely by his death that He would triumph, and that the Spirit would then guide you to all truth.

Holy Spirit, open my eyes to the truth.  Take away all that blinds me to God’s ways.  Holy Spirit, make your home in me!