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…

Tuesday, May 1

Tuesday, Fourth Week of Easter

Those who had been scattered by the persecution
that arose because of Stephen
went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,
preaching the word.

(from Acts: 11:19-26)

Because of the persecution of believers following the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the believers scattered.  One would expect that they would go into hiding.  Instead, they were “preaching the word”!  How amazing that these people were so caught up by the experience of meeting Jesus through faith that they were willing to risk life and limb, imprisonment, being cut off from family and friends and livelihood out of love for Jesus!

And we?  How alive is Jesus to us?  If we were persecuted, would we simply deny Him and maintain our life status quo?  Would we flee and never mention His name again?

What gifts of self do we make in return for His love for us?  Do we attend Mass regularly, take advantage of His mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, commune with Jesus in prayer, rely on His love when ours runs out?