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…

Sunday, May 13

Sixth Sunday of Easter

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.

(from John 15:9-17)

...but I who chose you!  Wow!  Can you imagine how the apostles and disciples felt when they heard these words?  Maybe some of these thought they were the ones in control (like we like to think about ourselves all too often!).  Yet it Jesus who first loved them (and us) and in doing so invited, called us into union with himself. 

And in that union with Jesus, we are sent forth to bear fruit that will last.  How?  By living lives that reflect the care, concern and compassion of Jesus.  In mirroring his love, we become more like him and are able to love those around us with a love like Jesus’.

Jesus, I give you my heart—may You live and love through me.