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…

Saturday, May 12

Saturday, Fifth Week of Easter

Know that the Lord is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.

(from Psalm 100)

These lines from today’s Responsorial Psalm remind us of the Gospel of John we heard a few weeks ago on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday also is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. 

In our industrialized society, we tend to be ignorant of what it means to be a shepherd—or a sheep, for that matter!—but for those who are familiar with argriculture, it has wide and interesting depths of meaning.  Recently I was struck while reading that sometimes a shepherd would need to injure a sheep in order to keep it from wondering off.  And while it healed, the shepherd would carefully tend and nurture it, and when recovered, the sheep would not want to wander from the shepherd again so much had he come to love and depend upon him.

In our own case, it is our sinfulness that wounds us when we wander from Christ.  When we come to Him with our hurts and fraility, He gently tends us and as our wounds heal and we come to wholeness.  We have such a great gift in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Confession, many of us refer to it) as we bring our woundedness to Christ, admit where we have strayed and begin again to travel on His paths, not our own. 

Today, take a few minutes to thank Jesus for this wonderful gift, and if you haven’t been to Confession in awhile, what’s keeping you for approaching to receive Christ’s precious gift of healing and forgiveness?