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…

Monday, May 14

Saint Matthias, Apostle

“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all,
show which one of these two you have chosen
to take the place in this apostolic ministry
from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”
Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias,
and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.

(from Acts 1:15-17, 20-26)

You, Lord, who know the hearts of all…  These words from today’s first reading speak more volumes than their brevity belies.  We may like to think that we can hid away those things that we wourld rather not think about or do not wish to admit, but the Lord already knows them—and still loves us in spite of our foolishness and sinfulness. 

Even Judas, who betrayed Jesus, could have found forgiveness if instead of dispair he would have turned, confessed his guilt and trusted in the Lord’s mercy.  Unfortunately, we (myself includeded!) all too often see things through a narrow lens instead of the wider view of the Lord’s love and mercy for each of us. 

Lord, help me to look into my heart and to see it as you see it.  Give me the grace and courage to own those times when I fall short and to confess them humbly and be able to amend my life.