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 6

Fifth Sunday of Easter

He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.

(from John 15:1-8)

Objectively any of us who have been around fruit trees, grapevines, or vegetables know the value pruning.  Cutting of the dead branches is obvious.  Pruning back live branches is known to produce more fruit but it is done early in the season when the difference is not clear.

When we are “pruned” by whatever circumstance internal or external, we simply do not even know which side of the prune we are.  We only know that we have been cut!  Perhaps as aspect of us will be grafted onto another vine, in another “place” to bring fruit we never dreamed of.