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…

Tuesday, May 15

Tuesday, Sixth Week of Easter


When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.

(from Psalm 138)


Isn’t it frustrating when you place a call and no one answers—not even voice mail to take a message?  Yet, today’s Responsorial Psalm clealy indicates that God answered when He was called. 

Today, our problem is not so much that we don’t call upon God, but that we don’t listen for His answer.  We’re too busy filling ourselves and our surroundings with noise and activity that we cannot hear Him when He responds.  Then there’s the problem of us telling God how to fix our problem, situation, etc., instead of trusting in His knowing us, knowing our hearts, knowing what’s best for us in a given situation and allowing Him to act in the way He knows is best.

Take a few moments to consider your communication with God.  Are you telling Him what you need?  Or are you asking for His help with your needs as he knows is best?  Or, are you like a lot of us and ask for His help, but then don’t allow Him the freedom to act in your life?  Remember, God gave us free will and will only act in our lives if we allow Him. 

Today ask Him for the grace to be able to honestly pray, Thy will be done!