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…

Thursday, May 3

Philip & James, Feast


For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.

(from 1 Corinthians: 15:1-8)


After the above quote, Paul then lists to whom the resurrected Jesus appeared and James was among the last mentioned.

It is so difficult, I think, to put ourselves in the place of the first apostles and disciples as they experienced Jesus in His public life, then his death and His resurrection.

Most of us have heard this from our childhood but it so moved these people like Philip and James that it turned their worlds completely upside down and they were compelled to preach the Good News that God loved us and sent His only Son, that our life and death have meaning.  We are not in this alone but Jesus is with us.

Sts. Philip and James pray for us.